B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-5917 / Bouncin Bitch

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5917 / Bouncin Bitch

Manufacturer:
Lockheed/Vega

  • RCL: WA-Y, LF-Y, LF-L

MACR: 1767

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History of
B-17 42-5917 / Bouncin Bitch

Delivered Long Beach 5/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 21/6/43; 526BS [LF-Y]; At the time she went down her Fuselage Code had been changed from LF-Y to LF-L. Missing in Action Hamburg 25/7/43 with Phillip Mohr, Co-pilot: Hugh Brooks, Navigator: Albert Batich, Bombardier: Ben Elms, Waist gunner: Earl Callaway, Waist gunner: Gene Lescarbeau (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Josh Tipps, Radio Operator: John Heslin, Ball turret gunner: Reg Layfield,Tail gunner: Ralph Leyh (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft and flak, crashed Ritzerau, near Molin, 30 NE of Hamburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1767.

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B-17 42-5917 / Bouncin Bitch Details

Pilot 2Lt. Phillip A. Mohr :

“I was piloting our B-17 with a 10 men crew when our ship was knocked by German flak. Six of us bailed out safely and the rest met their death. Heslin got out the ship o.k. but his chute didn’t open. The next day I helped lead his body into a cart.”

“S/Sgt. Leyh was killed as a result of 20 mm from enemy fighters. I was piloting a B-17 with a 10 men crew when our ship was knocked out by German flak. Six of us bailed out safely. The rest met their deaths. Leyh died in the ship before it crashed. The next day I helped lead his body in a cart with the other deceased crew members.”

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B-17 42-5917 / Bouncin Bitch Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Phillip A. Mohr POW
CP --- Hugh B. Brooks POW
BOMB --- Benjaman M. Elms POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Josh W. Tipps KIA
RO T/SGT John R. Heslin KIA
BT S/SGT Reginald M. Layfield KIA
WG S/SGT Earl E. Calleway POW
WG S/SGT Eugene O. Lescarbeau POW
TG S/SGT Ralph H. Leyh KIA

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