B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39967 / Mary Kay

B-17 #42-39967 / Mary Kayzoom_in



  • RCL: DF-K

MACR: 3224 / KSU/ME/KU: 1263

Missions: 15


History of
B-17 42-39967 / Mary Kay

Delivered Long Beach 21/10/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-K] Bassingbourn 25/1/44; 15m Missing in Action Oberpffaffafenhofen 18/3/44 with Harry Theophilos, Co-pilot: John DeLavore, Navigator: John Herr (chute failed), never found in lake,Tail gunner: Chas Jochmann (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Joe Pletta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joachim Vizinho, Radio Operator: Jim Norris, Ball turret gunner: Elden Newman, Waist gunner: Marion Porter, Waist gunner: Chas Perry (6 Prisoner of War); flak hit causing ship to drop out of formation, enemy aircraft then struck, crashed on shore of Lake Constance, near Bregenz, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 3224. MARY KAY.

Last updated: 27. March 2021


B-17 42-39967 / Mary Kay Details

Aircraft B-17G, 42-39967, had been lagging behind for some time and at 1430 hours, 48°00 N – 08°50 E, 20700 feet, it left the formation, in no apparent trouble and under control. Subject aircraft last observed headed south.

B-17G 42-39967 ‘Mary Kay’ on mission to Brunswick, Germany on 30 January 1944.

B-17 42-39967 / Mary Kay Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Harry L. Theophilos KIA
CP 2LT John De Lavore KIA
BOMB 1LT Joseph H. Pletta POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Joachim P. Vizinho POW
RO T/SGT James L. Norris POW
BT S/SGT Elden Newman POW
WG S/SGT Marion A. Porter POW
WG S/SGT Charles W. Perry POW
TG S/SGT Charles L. Jochman KIA

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