B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare


  • RCL: LL-H

MACR: 282


History of
B-17 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

Delivered Denver 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bassingbourn 8/3/43; Missing in Action 23m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Arlynn Weiweneth, Co-pilot: Clarry Blackman, Navigator: Bill Warose, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Reidy, Radio Operator: John Halloran, Ball turret gunner: Joe Hall, Waist gunner: Edgar Roe, Waist gunner: Vernon Lamplot,Tail gunner: Bob McDonald (9 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Gene Cook (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hergarten, 12 miles S of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 282. FRANK’S NIGHTMARE.

Last updated: 21. May 2020


B-17 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare Details

Observations made by Lt. Robert E. Nichols

A/C out of 91st Group behind and to our left (believed to be A/C 437) was hit by flak at Woenselrecht and then by E/A at or about 1410. A/C snapped up out of formation and half fell into tight spin getting tighter and tighter. Last seen at 1413, at an altitude of 18000 feet in vicinity of 50°14’N – 07°11’E. It is believed that one parachute came from the A/C.


B-17 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Arlynn E. Weiweneth KIA
CP 2LT Eugene D. Cook POW
BOMB 2LT William J. Warose KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Charles E. Reidy KIA
RO T/SGT John J. Halloran KIA
BT S/SGT Joseph D. Hall KIA
WG S/SGT Edgar A. Row KIA
WG S/SGT Vernon E. Lamplot KIA
TG SGT Rober McDonald KIA

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