B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39969

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39969


  • RCL: IW-K

MACR: 2508


History of
B-17 42-39969

Delivered Long Beach 21/10/43; 614BS/401BG [IW-K] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Capt Jim Foster, Co-pilot: Frank Miller, Navigator: Leo Casagrande, Bombardier: Tom Cameron, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Troy Campbell, Radio Operator: Joe Mehalschick, Ball turret gunner: Harry Brown, Waist gunner: Glen Graves, Waist gunner: Walt Hathaway,Tail gunner: Bill Orphan (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Osterode, near Dorste, SW of Lichtenstein ridge, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2508. (recovered and re-ass TB-17 27/4/48.)

Last updated: 17. August 2017


B-17 42-39969 Details

This aircraft was lost nine days after being delivered to Deenethorpe.

B-17 #42-39969

401bg.org // B-17 #42-39969

This B-17, previously captured by the Luftwaffe was also interned; on June 21, the B-17G-10-VE, 42-39969 USAAF numeral (401st BG, 614th BS), took off from France piloted by Lt. Wolfgang Pohl. Carrying three German agents, a former member of the French Foreign Legion and an Arab in order to transport them to North Africa. For this, the plane carried extra fuel tanks to extend its range. After leaving Marseilles on June 26 began the problems with fuel tanks. On June 27, 1944 this B-17 KG200 with German markings, registration A3 + FB, landed at the airport of Valencia Airport, where the pilot destroyed the flight plans and Agents were “secreted away”. The plane was interned, being parked in an inconspicuous location of the airfield, with the German brands covered, until the end of the war. It seems that in 1948 was still at the Valencia Airport. It was re-designated as a TB-17G on 27 April 1948 and was finally scrapped.

via http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39969


B-17 42-39969 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT James H. Foster POW
CP 1LT Frank C. Miller POW
BOMB 1LT Thomas J. Cameron POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Tory L. Campbell POW
RO T/SGT Joseph Mehalshick POW
BT S/SGT Harold C. Brown POW
WG S/SGT Glenn W. Graves POW
WG S/SGT Walter Hathaway POW
TG S/SGT William J. Orphan POW

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