B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5260 / Yardbird II

B-17 #42-5260 / Yardbird IIzoom_in



  • RCL: PU-A

MACR: 738

Missions: 43


History of
B-17 42-5260 / Yardbird II

Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Salina 15/12/42. Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-A] Molesworth 29/1/43; 43m. Missing in Action Emden 2/10/43 Enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 738.

Last updated: 5. April 2019


B-17 42-5260 / Yardbird II Details

B-17F #42-5260 Yardbird II. Aircraft was hit by gunfire from two ME-109s immediately after the formation left the target. The ship peeled off, went down out of control, and exploded above the overcast. One parachute was observed coming out of the B-17 before it went out of sight. The B-17 crashed into the the North Sea and all crewmen were killed.

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B-17 42-5260 / Yardbird II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Paul S. Tippet KIA
CP 2LT Lewellyn H. Nemitz KIA
BOMB 2LT Bernard Rice KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Oaks H. Smith KIA
RO T/SGT Thomas L. Richardson KIA
BT S/SGT Abraham J. Rasch KIA
WG S/SGT Hugh F. Gibney, Jr. KIA
WG S/SGT William R. Greason KIA
TG S/SGT Jack H. Randall KIA
PHOTO SGT Carney C. Rhodes KIA

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