B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97239

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97239


  • RCL: WW-L

MACR: 4555


History of
B-17 42-97239

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Gr Island 27/2/44; MacDill 22/3/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-L] Thurleigh 2/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dick Lambert, Co-pilot: Walt Owens, Navigator: Bill Campbell, togg-Carl Crawford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom McNulty, Radio Operator: Ernie Stone,Tail gunner: Ron Gordon (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Fernando Montez, Waist gunner: Bennie Zamorron, Waist gunner: Dan McNamara (3 Prisoner of War); involved mid air coll with wreckage from tywo other B-17s, crashed SW of Ostprignitz (Schmolde), 12 miles NW of Wittstock, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4555.

Last updated: 18. November 2018


B-17 42-97239 Details

B-17G #42-97239, which was suffering from “prop-wash”, came down on top of #42-37942 causing the tail section of #42-37942 to be cut off.

The tail section from #42-37942 then came down on top of B-17G #42-31969.


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