B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97153 / Darling Doris aka Daring Doris

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97153 / Darling Doris aka Daring Doris

Manufacturer:
Boeing

  • RCL: TS-E, GL-X

MACR: 8841

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History of
B-17 42-97153 / Darling Doris aka Daring Doris

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Gr Island 7/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Assigned: 333BS/94BG [TS-E] Rougham 3/3/44 DARLING DORIS; 410BS [GL-X], 331BS; battle damage Bohlen 11/9/44 Pilot: Chas Duda, Norman Tipton, Dick Bishop, John Caro, Ed Moore, Joe Cunneen, Walt Howard, Tom Kulak, Tom Mazurkiewicz (9KIA); mid air coll w/42-31653 (94BG), and broke in half at ball turret, crashed Audigast, Germany. MACR 8841. DARING DORIS.

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B-17 42-97153 / Darling Doris aka Daring Doris Details

Mid-air-collision with B-17 #42-31653 on 11 September 1944.

Remarks or Eyewitness Statements:

This aircraft was hit by A/C #653, another aircraft in the same Group, in the target area immediately after bombs away. A/C was hit in the middle of the ship and broke in two. Four (4) chutes were observed, but it is not known from which aircraft they came.

Considerable propwash was encontered from Belgium coast into target. Another Group of B-17s ran a collision course to our Group while on the bomb run. The high Group of the Wing running collision course, flew directly throught our formation. These incidents probably had a tiring and straining effect on all pilots and ca be considered as a contributory cause of the collision.

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B-17 42-97153 / Darling Doris aka Daring Doris Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles V. Duda KIA
CP 2LT Norman J. Tiptor KIA
BOMB SGT John Caro KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Edward R. Moore KIA
RO S/SGT Joseph P. Cunneen KIA
BT S/SGT Walter N. Howard KIA
WG S/SGT Thomas J. Kulak KIA
TG S/SGT Thomas Mazurkiewicz KIA

Dr. Charles Kreinbucher
20. February 2020 access_time 5:35

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