B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5786 / Whizzer II

B-17 #42-5786 / Whizzer IIzoom_in



MACR: 3909


History of
B-17 42-5786 / Whizzer II

Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Denver 30/1/43; Assigned 4Ferry Gp Memphis where line chief Sgt Oscar Penrod ground looped aircraft 20/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Assigned 347BSA/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; damaged by fire 16/9/43, repaired at depot; transferred 840BS/483BG Tortorella 4/44; Missing in Action Nis, Yugo. 15/4/44 with Jim Preston, Johnston, Gresham, Lindholm, Toutant, Cieslak, Cooper, Pierce, Cline, Brown (10 Killed in Action); flak hit between # 3 & 4. The main fuel tanks took fire as the wing folded back all in seconds; crashed Nis, W/O. Missing Air Crew Report 3909. WHIZZER II.


B-17 42-5786 / Whizzer II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT James O. Preston KIA
CP 2LT Harry L. Johnston KIA
BOMB 2LT Gordon G. Lindholm KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT John C. Toutant KIA
RO SGT James E. Cooper KIA
BT SGT Harold J. Pierce KIA
WG SGT Albert H. Cline KIA
WG S/SGT John T. Cieslak KIA
TG --- Jack Brown,Jr. KIA

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