B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39972 / Our Buddy

B-17 #42-39972 / Our Buddyzoom_in



MACR: 11233 / KSU/ME/KU: 3528


History of
B-17 42-39972 / Our Buddy

Delivered Long Beach 23/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; ass 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 18/1/44, then 730BS; MIA Misburg 31/12/44 Pilot: Jack Money, Frank Machen, Don Lester, Germany. ld Stimmel, Grady Miller (5KIA); Bob Neudorfer, Joe hill, Frank Jones, Clyde Belgium. efeuille (4POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed Rotenburg, Ger. MACR 11233. OUR BUDDY.

Last updated: 29. August 2020


B-17 42-39972 / Our Buddy Details

Aircraft went down after rally point at 1206 hours after being hit by fighters. Three chutes were seen but one of them was on fire.

The German found the wreckage with 52 bombs painted on nose of B-17 #42-39972 / Our Buddy. That means, this ship flew 52 combat missions or more.


B-17 42-39972 / Our Buddy Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Jack R. Money KIA
CP 1LT Robert H. Neudorfer POW
BOMB 2LT Frank W. Jones, Jr. POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Clyde H. Bellefeuille POW
RO T/SGT Frank E. Machen KIA
BT S/SGT Donald R. Lester KIA
WG S/SGT Gerard A. Stimmel KIA
TG S/SGT Grady F. Miller KIA

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