B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5893 / Sad Sack

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5893 / Sad Sack


  • RCL: OR-M, ET-F

MACR: 197


History of
B-17 42-5893 / Sad Sack

Delivered Long Beach 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 13/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 24/5/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-F] Horham 16/6/43; 8m, Missing in Action Hannover 26/7/43 with Oliver Robichaud, Co-pilot: Martin Heathcote, Navigator: Capt Roy Deadman, Bombardier: Bob Katz, Ball turret gunner: Jim Bloxom, Waist gunner: Joe Mutz broke arm in bale out (6 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Clarry Borchardt,Tail gunner: George Kosturko (2 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Cothran shot dead by SS on march from POW camp, Radio Operator: Graham Smith (2 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrieloh, 12 miles E of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 197. SAD SACK.

Last updated: 24. January 2018


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