B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5262

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5262


  • RCL: PU-F

MACR: 15536


History of
B-17 42-5262

Delivered Denver 27-Oct-42; Bury 6-Dec-42; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 29-Jan-43; Missing in Action Lorient 6-Mar-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed into the Bay of Biscay, off Penmarch Point. 2KIA 8POW Missing Air Crew Report 15536.

Last updated: 19. September 2020


B-17 42-5262 Details

The aircraft which Stevenson was a crew member, left formtion and started to return to base after an attack by a german FW 110 [sic] aircraft, but was forced to turn back over France as one engine was smoking and another was feathered. It is believed by other crews that the plane went down west of Lorient, France, on Penmarch Point.

Source: MACR 15536


B-17 42-5262 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Martin E. Plocher POW
CP 2LT Clair A. Tyler KIA
BOMB 1st SGT William F. Kahlden POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Henry R. Legge POW
RO T/SGT Everett E. Friese POW
BT S/SGT Louis W. Rheaume POW
WG SGT Robert L. Stevenson KIA
WG S/SGT Edwin L. Matheson POW
TG S/SGT August E. Tornow POW

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