B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

B-17 #42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juicezoom_in



  • RCL: SG-B, 9Z-?

MACR: 4589 / KSU/ME/KU: 1763


History of
B-17 42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Gt Ashfield 15/3/44; transferred 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 16/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Howard Morehouse, Co-pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick, Navigator: Ed Plank, Bombardier: Herb Becker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Smith, Radio Operator: George KellyWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Delbert FentonWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Bill King, Waist gunner: Jim ClarkWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Dan Wilkerson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set left wing on fire, crashed E of Runingen, two miles S of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4589. KICKAPOO JOY JUICE.

Last updated: 8. May 2022


B-17 42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice Details

The formation was attacked by about 17 FW 190s coming in from the vicinity of one o’clock. Aircraft 42-97220 was hit and the left wing caught fire. The flame blazed toward #2 engine. The plane peeled off and almost immediately went into a vertical dive. No chutes were observed although it was impossible, due to the undercast, widening distance and preoccupation with warding off enemy attacks, to follow #220 all the way down.

2Lt. Austin F. Casselberry

Source: MACR 4589


B-17 42-97220 / Kickapoo Joy Juice Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Howard K. Morehouse POW
CP 2LT James Fitzpatrick POW
BOMB 2LT Herbert W. Backer POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Ernest F. Smith POW
RO T/SGT George W. Kelly POW
BT S/SGT Delbert C. Fenton POW
WG S/SGT William F. King POW
WG S/SGT James E. Clark POW
TG S/SGT Daniel D. Wilkerson, Jr. POW

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