B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-40000 / Quad Zero aka Just Nothing

B-17 #42-40000 / Quad Zero aka Just Nothingzoom_in



  • RCL: DF-F

MACR: 4259 / KSU/ME/KU: 1496

Missions: 22


History of
B-17 42-40000 / Quad Zero aka Just Nothing

Delivered Long Beach 29/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-F] Bassingbourn 4/1/44; 22m Missing in Action Hamm 22/4/44 with Capt Harvey Hesse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Williams (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maj Chas Lee, Navigator: John Ryan(401BS), Navigator: Jay Suldan, GPb-Capt Provost Marshall, Radio Operator: Fred Snavely, Ball turret gunner: Harlan Bunn, Waist gunner: John Guy, Waist gunner: Leon Sterle, Ball turret gunner: Lt Leon Krahling (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, gas tank exploded & crashed Korbecke, 19 miles SE of Hamm, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4259. QUAD ZERO then JUST NOTHING.

Last updated: 19. September 2020


B-17 42-40000 / Quad Zero aka Just Nothing Details

1LT Edwin F. Close & crew on 12 February 1944

Eyewitness Statements from MACR 4259

Aircraft B-17G, 42-40000, was hit by flak, which caused fire in vicinity of No. 3 engine. Aircraft exploded shortly thereafter at about 15000 feet. Observer count ten (10) parachutes, also saw two (2) objects, one of which could have been a body.

S/Sgt. Charles A. Shriver, jr.


B-17 42-40000 / Quad Zero aka Just Nothing Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT Harvey G. Hesse KIA
CP MAJ Charles D. Lee, Jr. POW
BOMB CPT Provost Marshall POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Charles E. Williams KIA
RO T/SGT Fred A. Snavely POW
BT S/SGT Harlan D. Bunn POW
WG S/SGT John E. Guy POW
WG S/SGT Leonard J. Sterle POW
TG 2LT Francis C. Krahling POW
NAV2 1LT John W. Ryan POW

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