B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97130 / The Avenger II

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97130 / The Avenger II


  • RCL: DI-O

MACR: 8913 / KSU/ME/KU: 2079


History of
B-17 42-97130 / The Avenger II

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Tucson 20/2/44; Grenier 4/3/44; Slated 731BS/452BG, Assigned: 570BS/390BG [DI-O] Framlingham 7/3/44 AVENGER II; MIA Dusseldorf 9/9/44 Pilot: Bruno Latici, Walt Werby, Mario Valente, Cecil Smith, George Hinds, Grover Swearingen, Frank Brady, Bob Brown, Homer King (9POW); flak hit set #3 engine on fire, plane left formation, exploded and crashed Luedenscheid, Germany. MACR 8913. THE AVENGER II.

Last updated: 4. October 2020


B-17 42-97130 / The Avenger II Details

A/C #130, at target at 1033 hours, peeled out of formation to the left after bombs away with #3 engine on fire. Plane went into a spin, exploding one minute later. No chutes were reported.

Source: MACR 8913


B-17 42-97130 / The Avenger II Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Bruno N. Latici POW
CP 2LT Walter C. Werby POW
ENG/TT T/SGT George H. Hinds POW
RO T/SGT Grover L. Swearingen POW
BT S/SGT Frank X. Brady POW
WG S/SGT Robert O. Brown POW
TG S/SGT Homer C. King POW
TOG S/SGT Cecil F. Smith POW

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