B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39865

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39865


  • RCL: IJ-C

MACR: 4588 / KSU/ME/KU: 1792


History of
B-17 42-39865

Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Harvard 14/10/43; ass 710BS/447BG [IJ-C] Rattlesden 27/11/43; MIA Laon, Fr 9/5/44 Pilot: Bill Owens, Co-Pilot: Bill Heim, Navigator: Julian Matin, Bombardier: John McKinney, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Jack Seeger, Ball Turret Gunner: Herb Holland, Waist Gunner: Edwin Sieniarecki, Tail Gunner: Leroy Potter (8KIA); Radio Operator: John Browko, Waist Gunner: Conrad St Laurent (2POW); flak knocked off nose, then ball turret fell off followed by aircraft disintegrating in mid-air to crashed two miles N of Laon, Fr; MACR 4588.

Last updated: 9. May 2021


B-17 42-39865 Details

Aircraft was hit by flak on its second run over target at 0923 hours. It was hit either in the no. 2 engine or directly in the nose. The nose was blown off and the ball turret dropped off. Aicraft then went straight down to about 5000 feet where 3 chutes were observed and then went right into ground.

Source: MACR 4588


B-17 42-39865 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William E. Owens POW
CP 2LT William M. Heim POW
BOMB 2LT John C. McKinney III POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Jack T. Seeger POW
RO S/SGT Jonny M. Browko KIA
BT SGT Herbert E. Holland POW
WG SGT Edwin A. Sieniarecki POW
WG SGT Conrad D. St. Laurent KIA
TG SGT Leroy M. Potter POW

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