B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-6099 / Ruth L aka Winnie C

B-17 #42-6099 / Ruth L aka Winnie Czoom_in

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  • RCL: AW-E, QJ-R

MACR: 3420 / KSU/ME/KU: 1279


History of
B-17 42-6099 / Ruth L aka Winnie C

Delivered Long Beach 20/7/43; Palm Springs 23/7/43; Cheyenne 25/7/43; Dalhart 15/8/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Snetterton [AW-E] 9/9/43 RUTH L; transferred 339BS [QJ-R]; Missing in Action Oranienburg 22/3/44 with Nathan Young, Co-pilot: Ed Garney, Navigator: Bob Sulzner, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Kelley, Radio Operator: Henry Lee, Ball turret gunner: Bill Meyer, Waist gunner: Wesley Lane, Waist gunner: Bob Robertson,Tail gunner: Walter May (10 Killed in Action); hit by bomb from own group aircraft above, crashed Falkenhoehe, two miles NE of Falkensee, due E of Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3420. WINNIE C.

Last updated: 14. June 2020


B-17 42-6099 / Ruth L aka Winnie C Details

Bombs from High Squadron of the 96th was seen to hit the tail assembly and the ship was seen to go down out of control. 6 chutes were seen to open. Ship was not in formation when bombs were dropped.


B-17 42-6099 / Ruth L aka Winnie C Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Nathan L. Young KIA
CP 2LT Edward L. Garney KIA
BOMB 2LT Robert L. Smith KIA
RO SGT Henry E. Lee KIA
BT SGT William L. Meyer KIA
WG SGT Wesley R. Lane KIA
WG SGT Robert D. Robertson KIA
TG SGT Walter W. May KIA

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