B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5791 / Ruthless

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5791 / Ruthless


  • RCL: BG-E, QW-S

History of
B-17 42-5791 / Ruthless

Delivered Long Beach 31/1/43; Salina 14/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Brookley 27/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 19/4/43; 412BS [QW-S]; 5m, transferred AFSC 6/43; on personnel ferry to Southport 29/12/43 with Alden Witt, Co-pilot: Bill Gaffney, Navigator: Howard Leddy, Bombardier: Alan Grant, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Kingsley Spitzer, Ball turret gunner: Wendell Verbulecz, plus passengers: Capts Louis Reno, Louis Green, Arvid Dahl, Lt Bob Moon, NCOs Roy Baughman, Ray Loija, Jim Leithhead, Dewey Cox, Harry Shade, Linus Thomas, Gene Downey and Andrew Mullavey (18 Killed in Service). In heavy overcast crashed Buckley, Flintshire, N.Wales. Salvaged. RUTHLESS.

Last updated: 17. August 2017


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