B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5051 / Barrel House Bessie

B-17 #42-5051 / Barrel House Bessiezoom_in



  • RCL: KY-M, SU-M

MACR: 1579


History of
B-17 42-5051 / Barrel House Bessie

Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Assigned 2BG New Castle, force landed base with Onas Matz 25/3/43; Dow Fd 11/6/43; transferred 303BG Molesworth 1/11/43; transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-M] Chelveston 2/11/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 26/7/43; Missing in Action 26/11/43 with Maj Bill Gilmore, Co-pilot: Don Morrison, Navigator: Floyd Ohlson, Bombardier: Earl Mason, Radio Operator: Nathan Streisfeld, Ball turret gunner: Don Engwer, Waist gunner: Joe Burger (7 Returned to Duty), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Maurice Henry, Waist gunner: Jim Bucher,Tail gunner: Albt Schamber (3 Killed in Action); flak, ditched North Sea, off UK. Missing Air Crew Report 1579. BARREL HOUSE BESSIE.

Last updated: 8. September 2017


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