B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97441

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97441


  • RCL: PY-O

MACR: 2254


History of
B-17 42-97441

Delivered Denver 17/11/43; Kearney 30/11/43; Bangor 13/12/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-O] Podington 10/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Dave Russell, Co-pilot: Alex Xanthos, Navigator: Freeman Hawthorne, Bombardier: Theo Mathers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lonni Efird, Radio Operator: Elmer Spark, Waist gunner: Francis O’Brien,Tail gunner: Claude Green (8 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Ralph Chapman, Waist gunner: Curtis Wilheim (2 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-30008, crashed between Ehlerhausen & Ramlingen, five miles N of Burgdorf, 26 miles NW of Brunswick, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2254.

Last updated: 19. May 2017


B-17 42-97441 Details

Mid air collision with B-17 #42-30008 ‘Ready Teddy’

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B-17 42-97441 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT David C Russell KIA
CP 2LT Alexander Xanthos KIA
BOMB 2LT Theodore K Mathers Jr KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Lonnie M Efird KIA
RO S/SGT Elmer Sparks Jr KIA
BT S/SGT Ralph E Chapman POW
WG SGT Francis J O'Brien KIA
WG SGT Curtis L Wilhelm POW
TG SGT Clyde L Green KIA

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