B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97148

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97148


  • RCL: IR-A

MACR: 5903


History of
B-17 42-97148

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG [IR-A] Rattlesden 7/3/44; Missing in Action Hannover 18/6/44 with Ken Schreiner, Co-pilot: Carroll Knutson, Navigator: Cliff Kulenburg, Bombardier: Gene Richardson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hall, Radio Operator: Herb Ruggles, Ball turret gunner: Jacob Long, Waist gunner: George Wolters, Waist gunner: Leon Swift,Tail gunner: Jim Jones (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed mountains near Egestorf, 11 miles SW of Hannover, Ger.{as per German Air Force Comman records). Missing Air Crew Report 5903.

Last updated: 29. July 2021


B-17 42-97148 Details

A/C hit by flak over target about 0927 hours, 9-10 chutes observed. A/C made long glide and last seen under control in target area.


B-17 42-97148 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Kenneth C. Schreiner POW
CP 2LT Carroll F. Knutson POW
BOMB 2LT Eugene H. Richardson POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Johne E. Hall POW
RO T/SGT Herbert B. Ruggles POW
BT S/SGT Jacob O. Long, Jr. POW
WG T/SGT George A. Wolters POW
WG S/SGT Leon M. Swift POW
TG S/SGT James R. Jones POW

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