B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5090

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5090


MACR: 69


History of
B-17 42-5090

Delivered Denver 23/9/42; Presque Is 15/10/42; Assigned 414BS/97BG Grafton Underwood 11/11/42; Chateaudun-Du-Rhumel, Alg 3/2/43; Missing in Action Gerbini 8/7/43 with Rexford Bauman, Hutchens, Watson, Ludolph, Turnbull, Andrew Poczik, Hester, Brown, Kutebak, Wolfson (10 Killed in Action); Missing Air Crew Report 69.

Last updated: 7. August 2021


B-17 42-5090 Details

Statements of Eye-Witness to the loss of B-17F 42-5090

I saw on B-17 turn back from the formation after we were already over the Island. I had just reported enemy fighters at seven o’clock, when the Fortress turned back. I saw the fighters take out after it, approximately eight of them. But they were out of sight in a shot while, so I didn’t see if the Fortress was shot down or not.

Sgt. Edward Trybon

The last time I saw the ship was on out way to home near the coast. There were from five to six fighters after it at that time. That was the last time I saw it. I think it went down to the dock.

S/Sgt. Vern L. Kemp


B-17 42-5090 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Rexford G. Bauman KIA
CP 2LT Wayne O. Hutchens KIA
BOMB 1LT George L. Ludolph KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Andrew Poczik KIA
RO T/SGT George L. Turnbull KIA
BT SGT George Kutchak KIA
WG SGT Richard H. Brown KIA
WG S/SGT Orville R. Hester KIA
TG S/SGT Irving Wolfson KIA

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