B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5072

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5072


MACR: 15533

Missions: 13


History of
B-17 42-5072

Delivered Tulsa 17/9/42; New Castle 7/10/42; Assigned: 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Chelveston 19/11/42; MIA Antwerp 5/4/43 Pilot: Capt Bill Parker, Bombardier: Paul Spaduzzi, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: John Creatore, Radio Operator: Jim Gross, Ball Turret Gunner: Jim Clark, Waist Gunner: Sid Davis, Waist Gunner: Rich Haeft (7KIA); Co-Pilot: Chas Thelen, Navigator: Art Milbourn, Tail Gunner: Leon O’Brien (3POW); Enemy aircraft, crashed between Halsteren & Dinteloord, N of Antwerp, Hol. MACR 15533.

Last updated: 5. April 2021


B-17 42-5072 Details

This aircraft was lost to fighter attack on a mission to the Erla Works near Antwerp on 5 April 1943. Shortly after reaching its target, the plane went down. No parachutes were seen and no search was made.


B-17 42-5072 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT William H. Parker KIA
CP 1LT Charles J. Thelen KIA
BOMB 1LT Arthur L. Milbourn POW
ENG/TT T/SGT John M. Creatore KIA
RO T/SGT James E. Gross KIA
BT S/SGT James S. Clark KIA
WG S/SGT Sidney E. Davis KIA
WG S/SGT Richard E. Haeft KIA
TG S/SGT Leonard H. O’Brien POW

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