B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39869 / Heaven Can Wait

B-17 #42-39869 / Heaven Can Waitzoom_in



  • RCL: QW-R

MACR: 3806 / KSU/ME/KU: 1480

Missions: 42


History of
B-17 42-39869 / Heaven Can Wait

Delivered Long Beach 25/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] Horham 15/10/43; Ball turret gunner: Joe Lintelman (Killed in Action) 18/3/44; 42m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Rich Bannerman, Co-pilot: Wallace Lillo, Navigator: Tom Sefcik, Bombardier: Irving Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Rashead, Radio Operator: Tom Gopigian, Ball turret gunner: Ray DeYaeger, Waist gunner: Roland Carlson, Waist gunner: Chas Skully,Tail gunner: John Backowski (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Dummersdtorf, near Bandelsdorf, six miles SE of Rostock, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3806, HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

Last updated: 13. September 2020


B-17 42-39869 / Heaven Can Wait Details

B-17G 42-39869 piloted by 1st Lt. Richard P. Bannerman, and identified as “Heaven Can Wait”, was under attack by FW-190s just before the target. A/C had a hole in the right aileron and another in the right wing where the main gas tanks are located. A/C winged over to the left and back in a slicing dive, gas spraying out and enveloping the A/C in flames. No chutes were seen to leave the Aircraft.

Source: MACR 3806

B-17 #42-39869 / Heaven Can Wait (QW-R) over Norwegian Fjords on 16 November 1943.

B-17 42-39869 / Heaven Can Wait Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Richard P. Bannerman KIA
CP 2LT Wallace C. Lillo KIA
BOMB 2LT Irving Wilson KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Phillip M. Rashead KIA
RO T/SGT Thomas Gopigian KIA
BT S/SGT Raymond A. DeYaeger KIA
WG S/SGT Roland L. Carlson KIA
WG S/SGT Charles H. Scully KIA
TG S/SGT John J. Backowski KIA

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