B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97448

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97448


  • RCL: IW-H

MACR: 4055

Missions: 2


History of
B-17 42-97448

Delivered Denver 18/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 10/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-H] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 20/4/44 with Chas Ksiewiewicz, Navigator: Joe Dastous, Bombardier: John King (3EVD- returned UK by 3/9/44); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Burke, Radio Operator: Maurice Wilbur, Ball turret gunner: Don McEldowney, Waist gunner: Terry Harmon, Waist gunner: John McCarthy,Tail gunner: Ken Rister (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ken Harrington (KIA-chute failed); flak KOd #4 and set ship on fire, crashed lucy, four miles N of Neufchatel-en-Bray, 42 miles W of Amiens, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4055.

Last updated: 22. May 2018


B-17 42-97448 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Charles S. Ksieniewicz EVD
CP 2LT Kenneth G. Harrington KIA
BOMB 2LT John J. King EVD
ENG/TT S/SGT Francis Burke POW
RO SGT Maurice V. Wilbur POW
BT SGT Donald E. McEldowney POW
WG SGT John J. McCarty POW
WG SGT John W. Harman POW
TG S/SGT Kenneth A. Riester POW

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