B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5787 / Billie K.

B-17 #42-5787 / Billie K.zoom_in


  • RCL: OR-U

MACR: 262 / KSU/ME/KU: 29


History of
B-17 42-5787 / Billie K.

Delivered Long Beach 19/1/43; Salina 2/2/43; Homestead 21/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 9/3/43; Missing in Action {5+m} Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Jerold Kethley, Co-pilot: Ennis Cox, Navigator: Bob Sternberg, Bombardier: Jim Cullen, ttg-Bob Danielson, Radio Operator: Conrad Dussault, Ball turret gunner: Harry Stokes, Waist gunner: Alf Bragg, Waist gunner: John Burke,Tail gunner: Wilf Bacon (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft strafed cockpit and KO’d #1, crashed Forsbach, near Cologne, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 262. BILLIE K.

Last updated: 24. April 2022


B-17 42-5787 / Billie K. Details

A/C 787 was hit by first E/A attack at 0837. Two 20 MM shells were seen to hit the nose of the A/C. Eight 20 MM shells hit the left wing near #1 engine which it seemed must have done some damage to #1 engine, although it still was running when the A/C dropped back and down with a group behind. It was last seen at an altitude of 29000 feet in the vicinity of Goch on a heading of 112 degrees magnetic at 0842 hours.

Source: MACR 262


B-17 42-5787 / Billie K. Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Jerold D. Kethley POW
CP 2LT Ennis Cox POW
BOMB 2LT James J. Cullen POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Robert C. Danielson POW
RO T/SGT Conrad E. Dussault POW
BT S/SGT Harold V. Stokes POW
WG T/SGT Alfred J. Bragg POW
WG S/SGT John K. Burke POW
TG S/SGT Wilford R. Bacon POW

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