B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97286 / Skipper an’ the Kids

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97286 / Skipper an’ the Kids


MACR: 11339


History of
B-17 42-97286 / Skipper an’ the Kids

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Kearney 4/3/44; Grenier 15/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 12/3/44; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; detailed from Prestwick with special cargo (probably whiskey!) but lost way in poor weather, and crash landed Isle of Arran, UK 11/12/44 with John Littlejohn; all killed. Wreck not found until weeks later by a local shepherd. Salvaged 15/3/45. SKIPPER ‘N THE KIDS.

Last updated: 26. January 2018


B-17 42-97286 / Skipper an’ the Kids Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P CPT John Nuchols Littlejohn, Jr. KIS
CP 2LT Robert Nelson Stoaks KIS
ENG/TT CPL Joseph Alva Payne KIS
RO CPL Albert Edward Thomas KIS
TG MAJ Charles S Brown KIS Passenger
NAV2 1LT Richard William Rosebasky KIS
PASS 2LT Leonard Wilbur Bond KIS
PASS MAJ James Russell Bell KIS
PASS 2LT Jack Dean Merkley KIS

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