B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39898 / Boston Bombshell

B-17 #42-39898 / Boston Bombshellzoom_in


  • RCL: LG-L

MACR: 2642


History of
B-17 42-39898 / Boston Bombshell

Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Assigned 332BS/91BG Bassingbourn 13/12/43; then 322BS [LG-L]; 14m Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with William Wood, Co-pilot: John Mullens, Navigator: Marv Anderson, Bombardier: Louis Dobbs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Casimir Lekowski, Ball turret gunner: Oscar Mouton, Waist gunner: Jim Purton,Tail gunner: Bob Mueller (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Garner Walters, Waist gunner: Woodrow Wade (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crash landed Flintrup, near Freckenhorst, three miles S of Warendorf, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2642. BOSTON BOMBSHELL.

Last updated: 28. June 2020


B-17 42-39898 / Boston Bombshell Details

Eyewitness Statement from MACR 2642

Aircraft B-17G 42-39898, had been attacked by enemy aircraft and was last observed with number three (3) engine on fire and losing altitude but under control. Parts of the engine seemed to fall off as the aircraft tried to reach the cloud level below. Subject aircraft was seen to enter clouds the tops of which were are 8000 feet.


B-17 42-39898 / Boston Bombshell Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William D. Wood POW
CP 2LT John D. Mullens POW
BOMB 1LT Louie R. Dobbs POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Casmer W. Lekowski POW
RO T/SGT Garner Walters, Jr. KIA
BT S/SGT Oscar J. Mouton, Jr. POW
WG T/SGT Woodrow Wade KIA
WG T/SGT James E. Purton POW
TG T/SGT Robert A. Mueller POW

Write comment