History of the
B-17 #42-97401 / Stinker Jr

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 14/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-T] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; Missing in Action ? 17/10/44 with Hancock, Belgium ; Salvaged 8AFSC 29/11/44. STINKER JR.

Details 42-97401 / Stinker Jr

The aircraft crashed in the fields between the village of Neerwinden and Raatshoven (Racour) in Belgium.

Excerpt from a local newspaper:
‘The crew could leave the plane safely. Of course the crash attracted a lot of local people to the spot. The inhabitants of the adjacent villages gave the crew a warm welcome with food and local drinks. Suddenly the crowd got seized with panic and fear as two fighters approached in the air and started to circle over the spot. Lucky enough it were two American fighters. An American jeep came to pick up the crew and brought them to Brussels from where they went off to London the next morning.’

Source: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/10504

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  1. von A Yacubich am 01. July 2019 18:29 Uhr

    crew photo does not show correct crew. It shows LT. Darners crew not crew that went down in Belgium. Original aircraft name was “Dottie D” not “Stinker jr”. My father in law flew 17 missions in this aircraft


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 02. July 2019 10:00 Uhr

      Which crew photo do you mean? Here is no crew photo on my web site.


      • von S Yacubich am 17. July 2019 20:23 Uhr

        the last photo on the web site is a crew photo it is the Darner crew not the crew that crashed with the aircraft in October. the crew in the photo flew 17 missions in that aircraft. They rotated back to the states in August of 1944.The original name given to the aircraft was “Dottie D’


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