B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5069 / Our Gang

B-17 #42-5069 / Our Gangzoom_in



  • RCL: DF-G

MACR: 281

Missions: 20


History of
B-17 42-5069 / Our Gang

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; New Castle 19/11/42; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bassingbourn 23/11/42; Missing in Action 20m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Wheeler (401BS), Co-pilot: Louis Bianchi, Navigator: Joe Newberry, Bombardier: Denver Woodward, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bayne Scurlock, Radio Operator: Jim Cobb, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Thomas, Waist gunner: Ray Gillet, Waist gunner: Jim McGovern,Tail gunner: Jim McBride (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, lagged behind crashed St Goar, 15 miles S of Coblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 281. OUR GANG.

Last updated: 11. March 2020


B-17 42-5069 / Our Gang Details

Observation made by Lt. Buster (NMI) Peek, from altitude of 21000 feet. (MACR 281)

A/C 069 which was leading our element in the composite group was hit hard by E/A and #1 and #2 engines and left wing are on fire. When hit A/C went up out of control but came down to our level under control and continued to fly on his wing until the Co-Pilot waved us on as it was steadily losing altitude and falling beind. A/C 069 was last seen about 1410 in vicinity of Eupen gradually going down in a left turn with Pilot trying to keep control long enough to allow men to bail out. Six to eight parachutes were believed to come from this A/C.


B-17 42-5069 / Our Gang Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- William H. Wheeler POW
CP --- Louis J. Bianchi POW
BOMB --- Denver E. Woodward POW
ENG/TT --- Bayne P. Scurlock POW
RO --- James C. Cobb POW
BT --- Lloyd Thomas POW
WG --- Raymond O. Gillet POW
WG --- James J. McGovern POW
TG --- James P. McBride POW

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