B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5777 / The Gin Mill

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5777 / The Gin Mill


MACR: 4664

Missions: 85


History of
B-17 42-5777 / The Gin Mill

Delivered Long Beach 16/1/43; Salina 29/1/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 31/3/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila, Alg 17/6/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; {83m} transferred 416BS/99BG Tortorella, It 28/3/44; {2m} 840BS/483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; Sterparone, It 22/4/44; Missing in Action Wiener Neustadt 23/4/44 with John Hucle, Delcamp, Henderson, Nicks, Tears, Schindler, Robinson, Mohn, Finn, Ballnik (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Gromet, ?; Missing Air Crew Report 4664. THE GIN MILL.

Last updated: 6. March 2020


B-17 42-5777 / The Gin Mill Details

Statement from MACR 4664

At approximately 1515 o’clock I saw Number 1 and Number 2 engines wind milling and one engine smoking on Lt. Hucle’s Plane, #777. I counted nine chutes open and the tenth opened approximately two minutes after the ninth opened. I do not know what caused the trouble.

Sgt. Louis L. Dragoski

At approximately 1500 o’clock I saw Lt. Hucle’s plane, #777 pull into the right of formation, drop down several hundret feet below us, and I saw ten (10) men jumping out. All ten of the chutes opened. The plane then made a gradual right turn and went out of sight. I was not sure of the exact position, the Navigator reported it as in Southern Austria.

2Lt. John H. McAllister



B-17 42-5777 / The Gin Mill Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT John P. Hucle POW
CP 2LT John L. DelCamp POW
BOMB 2LT Carl R. Nicks POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Howard L. Tears POW
RO SGT Harlow H. Mohn POW
BT SGT John C. Ballnik POW Asst. Engeneer
WG S/SGT Richard G. Robinson POW Asst. RO
WG SGT Anthony M. Schinler POW
TG SGT Willard E. Finn POW Asst. Armorer Gunner

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