History of the
B-17 #42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures

Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; ass 563BS/388BG Knettishall 7/10/43; MIA Dessau 28/5/44 Pilot: Marquis Fjelsted, Co-Pilot: Bill Hudson, Navigator: Herb Honlihan, Bombardier: Chester Tracewaki, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: John McBrien, Radio Operator: Ed Stringer, Ball Turret Gunner: George Hoover, Waist Gunner: John Shatz, Waist Gunner: Harry McCarty, Tail Gunner: John Perry (10POW); flak KOd two engines, forced landing a mile from Weira, 31 miles SW of Kassel, Germany. MACR 5317. HULCHER’S VULTURES.

Crew 42-39845 / Hulcher’s Vultures

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P2LTMarquis Ausman FjelstedPOW
CP2LTWilliam Copeland Hudson Jr.POW
BOMB2LTChester Paul TracewskiPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTJohn Edward McBrienPOW
ROT/SGTEdward James StringerPOW
BTS/SGTGeorge Francis HooverPOW
WGS/SGTHarold Stanley McCartyPOW
WGS/SGTJohn Leal PerryPOW
TGS/SGTJohn Rutherford ShatzPOW

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  1. von Rachel Perry am 15. November 2019 3:54 Uhr

    John Leal Perry is my grandpa. I’m so thankful to find his picture on your site. The same picture hung on my wall as a child!

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  2. von Aaron Levine am 18. November 2019 14:57 Uhr

    My uncle was a radio operator on this plane in the 388th. I have a couple of pictures of him. 1 on the wing with the crew and 1 at the radio. They were shot down 2 times and each time, he was sent to Florida to heal. He also taught Yiddish to other operators so they could understand more of what the Germans were saying.

    When he passed away, he left me his jacket which is now framed with a photograph of the crew on the wing.

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