B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39954 / Paper Doll

B-17 #42-39954 / Paper Dollzoom_in



MACR: 3344 / KSU/ME/KU: 1312


History of
B-17 42-39954 / Paper Doll

Delivered Long Beach 18/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452NG Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Saarbrucken 23/3/44 with Lascellis Yates, Co-pilot: Leo Meyers, Navigator: Lou Openham, Bombardier: Doyle McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Fritz, Radio Operator: Vencel Gordon, Ball turret gunner: Teddy Weatherford, Waist gunner: Francis Bufkin, Waist gunner: Bob Franko,Tail gunner: John ZerkleWounded in Action (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 & set fire to bomb bay, crashed in bog between Wagenfeld & Oppenwehe, 19 miles W of Hanover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3344. PAPER DOLL.

Last updated: 22. May 2021


B-17 42-39954 / Paper Doll Details

Following statement made by 2nd Lt. William H. Craighead

The formation was attacked by between thirty and forty fighters including ME 109s and FW 190s. Aircraft 42-39954 feathered one engine and dropped back out of the formation. It was then hit by six or seven fighters and went down in flames. Aircraft 42-3994 exploded upon hitting the ground.

Source: MACR 3344


B-17 42-39954 / Paper Doll Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lascellis W. Yates, Jr POW
CP F/O Leo F. Meyers POW
BOMB 2LT Doyle McDonald POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Albert C. Fritz POW
RO T/SGT Vencel V. Gordon POW
BT S/SGT Teddy F. Weatherford POW
WG S/SGT Francis M. Bufkin POW
WG S/SGT Robert L. Franko POW
TG S/SGT John E. Zerkle POW

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