B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97440 / Flak Rat II aka Patches

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97440 / Flak Rat II aka Patches


  • RCL: IW-A

MACR: 5310


History of
B-17 42-97440 / Flak Rat II aka Patches

Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 30/5/44 with Carleton Wilson, Co-pilot: Curtis Kelley, Navigator: John Connery, Bombardier: Francis Fogarty, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Quinn, Radio Operator: John Gray,Tail gunner: Gerald Pettit(7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Bill Passeno, Waist gunner: Jim McMahon, Waist gunner: George Smith (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Tweelbake, nine miles W of Bookholzberg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5310. FLAK RAT II.

Published: 13. April 2018 / Last updated: 6. January 2018


B-17 42-97440 / Flak Rat II aka Patches Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Carleton L. Wilson POW
CP 2LT Curtis C. Kelley POW
BOMB 2LT Francis M. Fogarty POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Robert E. Quinn POW
RO S/SGT John A. Gray POW
BT S/SGT William W. Passeno POW
WG S/SGT James F. McMahon KIA
WG S/SGT George F. Smith POW
TG S/SGT Gerald M. Pettit KIA

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