B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak

B-17 #42-5223 / Ther-N-Bakzoom_in



MACR: 1528

Missions: 11+


History of
B-17 42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak

Delivered Tulsa 15/10/42; Salinas 18/12/42; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 15/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 346BS/99BG Oudna 14/11/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; Missing in Action {11m/99} Innsbruck 19/12/43 with Art Simpson (KIA-drowned); Thorne, Smith (2 Prisoner of War); Rayson, Jacks, Eder, Tramble, Lawson, Scott, Bradbury (7 Returned to Duty); ditched Adriatic Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 1528.

Last updated: 7. September 2022


B-17 42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak Details

Statement of T/Sgt. Paul M. Trample

On 18 December 1943, after having ditched our plane, seven of our crew including myself got in the ten man raft. 2nd Lt Arthur J. Simpson, S/Sgt Richard A. Thorne and Pfc William N. Smith, the other three members of the crew were in the five man raft which was tied to our raft. On the 21st of December, a storm arose at sea, and we thought it best to untie It. Simpson’s raft as a safety precaution. During the storn at sea, we got separated and I never did see It. Simpson or the other occupants of the small raft after that.

T/Sgt. Paul M. Trample

Source: MACR 1528


B-17 42-5223 / Ther-N-Bak Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Arthur J. Simpson KIA
CP 2LT Horace H. Jacks RTD
BOMB 2LT William G. Rayson RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Paul W. Tramble RTD
RO PVT William N. Smith POW
BT S/SGT Richard A. Thorne POW
WG S/SGT Lorenzo W. Lawson RTD
WG SGT John W. Scott RTD
TG S/SGT Frelan C. Bradbury RTD

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