B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39920 / Karen B

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39920 / Karen B


  • RCL: M3-D

MACR: 4449 / KSU/ME/KU: 1680


History of
B-17 42-39920 / Karen B

Delivered: Long Beach 8/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; ass 729BS/452BG [M3-D] Deopham Green 6/1/44; MIA Berlin 29/4/44 Pilot: Hal Nelson, Co-Pilot: Chas Ramlow, Bombardier: Phil Cavanaugh, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Mike Dencavage, Waist Gunner: Vic Ryczko (5EVD); Navigator: Noyes Richey, Ball Turret Gunner: Bob Zercher (2KIA); Radio Operator: George Paulk, Waist Gunner: Don Jackson, Tail Gunner: Floyd Ragsdale (3POW); flak, crash-landed Feller, near Ruurlo, Holl. MACR 4449. KAREN B.

Last updated: 18. June 2022


B-17 42-39920 / Karen B Details

Following statement obtained by S-2 Section, 452nd Bomb Group at interrogation after mission:

Aircraft B-17G 42-39920 was damaged by flak over the target and was last observed after the Group had left the target area, straggling behind, the formation under control along with Aircraft B-17G 42-39981 also missing, and flying low lust above the undercast. Contact with other Groups for further information regarding the disposition of these two Aircrafts has been unsuccessful. No further information concerning loss of Aircraft B-17G 42-39920 has been reported.

Source: MACR 4449


B-17 42-39920 / Karen B Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Hal J. Nelson EVD
CP 2LT Charles F. Ramlow EVD
BOMB 2LT Philip B. Cavanaugh EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT Michael Dencavage EVD
RO S/SGT George P. Paulk POW
BT SGT Robert W. Zercher KIA
WG SGT Don E. Jackson POW
WG T/SGT Victor A. Ryczko EVD
TG SGT Flyod E. Ragsdale POW

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