B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39873 / Stormy Weather

B-17 #42-39873 / Stormy Weatherzoom_in



  • RCL: IY-Q

MACR: 7824


History of
B-17 42-39873 / Stormy Weather

Delivered Long Beach 26/9/43; Harvard 8/10/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-Q] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Orleans 1/8/44 with Gerald Melofchick, Co-pilot: Jim Pratt, Navigator: Dick Tyson, Bombardier: Hughlon Grisham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Pressman, Radio Operator: Leland Tracy, Ball turret gunner: Lyle Wheaton (7 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Harry Mapes,Tail gunner: Jim Bosarth (2 Prisoner of War); flak & mid-air coll with 43-37859 (401BG), crashed Le Cros, N of Chartres, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7824. STORMY WEATHER.

Published: 3. March 2019 / Last updated: 18. November 2018


B-17 42-39873 / Stormy Weather Details

Was hit by flak and than mid-air-collision with B-17 #43-37859 ‘Jeanne’.


B-17 42-39873 / Stormy Weather Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Gerald J. Melofchik KIA
CP 2LT James E. Pratt KIA
BOMB 2LT Hughlon K. Grisham KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Herbert Pressman KIA
RO S/SGT Leland B. Tracy KIA
BT SGT Lyle P. Wheaton KIA
WG SGT Harold E. Mapes POW
TG SGT James W. Bozarth POW

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