B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-40002 / Breezing Home

B-17 #42-40002 / Breezing Homezoom_in



  • RCL: IY-D

MACR: 6001


History of
B-17 42-40002 / Breezing Home

Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17, 42-37928. Pilot of 42-40002 that day was Clyde A. Lewis; Co-pilot: Mitchell K. Woods; Navigator: William M. Eaton; Radio Operator: Clarence R. Miner; passenger : Donald W. Michael, (5 Returned to Duty). Missing in Action on the 19 June 1944 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Pilot : William W. Trimble; Co-Pilot : Fred L. Shantz; Navigator : Beryl F. Lemke; Bombardier : Enver C. Cury; Engineer/Top Turret Gunner : Edward Tracey; Radio Operator : Jack Mackey; Ball Turret Gunner : John E. Schaffer; Left Wiast Gunner : Joseph P. Acker; Right Waist Gunner : Paul K. Courtad; Tail Gunner : William A. Armstrong (10 evaded capture). Flak KOd #2 & #4 and severed control cables. Crashed Le Pouyau, near Artiguillon, 4km South of Lesparre-Médoc, NW of Bordeaux, France. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6001.

Last updated: 25. July 2020


B-17 42-40002 / Breezing Home Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT William W. Trimble EVD
CP 1LT Fred L. Shantz EVD
BOMB 1LT Enver C. Cury EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT Edward Tracey EVD
RO S/SGT Jack L. Mackey EVD
BT SGT John E. Schaeffer EVD
WG SGT Joseph F. Acker EVD
WG SGT Paul K. Courtad EVD
TG SGT William R. Asbell EVD

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