History of the
B-17 #42-97071 / Andy’s Dandy

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Kearney 11/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 4/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim, Ger. 7/4/45; rammed by Me 109, both exploded and B-17 crashed close to Steinhuder Lake, near Hannover, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13718. ANDY’S DANDY.

Details 42-97071 / Andy’s Dandy

EYEWITNESS:  (On 7 April 1945)    “ME – 109 attacked aircraft #071 from six o’clock high and shot the left wing completely away from the fuselage.  The ME – 109 (sic FW-190) collided with the severed wing and both the wing and enemy fighter exploded.  The remainder of #071 spun down flaming to explode either just before impact or immediately there after.  Approximately seven (7) chutes – all white- were counted in the area.”

via MACR 13718

Crew 42-97071 / Andy’s Dandy

P1LTArthur R. CalderKIA
CP2LTKenneth R. CarrKIA
BOMBF/OVictor HoffmanKIA
ENG/TTT/SGTLeonard PiepgrasKIA
ROS/SGTJoseph C. HallerKIA
BTSGTCarl J. DonnellKIA
WGSGTDwayne H. CaryKIA
TGSGTLeon E. BriggsKIA

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  1. von Donald Brad;eu am 03. April 2018 21:37 Uhr

    I have a copy of Walter E. Warner’s flight logs for his 35 missions on Andy’s Dandys. He finished up his tour just before this loss. Anyone have any information for me to help with this?


    • von charles warner am 26. April 2018 13:50 Uhr

      I’m his son. I have the originals. You must have seen them in the magazine “Splasher six”. How can I help you?


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