B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

B-17 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogiezoom_in



  • RCL: LL-F

MACR: 514

Missions: 17


History of
B-17 42-5763 / Bomb Boogie

Delivered Long Beach 29/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action 17m Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Elwood Arp, Co-pilot: Howie Sherman, Bombardier: Chauncey Hicks returned via Spain, Ball turret gunner: Russ Hatton (4 evaded capture), Navigator: Nathan Weltman captured in Paris Dec 43, ttg-Ray Thompson, Radio Operator: John Wenninghoff, Waist gunner: Norbert Swierz, Waist gunner: Dean Millward,Tail gunner: Don Hayes (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Mons-en-Pevele, near Lille, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 514. BOMB-BOOGIE.

Last updated: 26. May 2022


B-17 42-5763 / Bomb Boogie Details

At 0840 hours, 16000 feet, at 49°30’N – 03°35’E, A/C No. 763 was last seen going down under control. Two yellow-nosed FW-190’s attacked formation at 3 o’clock. After this attack, our A/C fell out of formation, jettisoned its bombs, and headed down slowly. A/C was last seen going into clouds. As many as 6 chutes were reported seen, and a few crew members reported seeing some crew members of A/C No. 763 making delayed jumps.

Source: MACR 514

B-17 #42-5763 / Bomb Boogie Photos


B-17 42-5763 / Bomb Boogie Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Elwood D. Arp EVD
CP 2LT Howard N. Sherman EVD
BOMB 2LT Chauncey Harold Hicks EVD
ENG/TT T/SGT Raymond R. Thompson POW
RO T/SGT John H. Wenninghoff POW
BT S/SGT Russel D. Hatson POW
WG S/SGT Norbert F. Swierz POW
WG S/SGT Dean W. Millward POW
TG S/SGT Donald L. Hayes POW

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