B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97464 / What Next?

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97464 / What Next?


  • RCL: IW-D

MACR: 3941


History of
B-17 42-97464 / What Next?

Delivered Denver 23/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Assigned 749BS/457BG [P] Glatton 19/1/44; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 11/3/44 Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Boudinot Stimson, Co-pilot: Bob Timberlake, Bombardier: Jack Pfaffman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Karl Kukurin, Radio Operator: Carmen Manusco, Ball turret gunner: Paul Melia, Waist gunner: Andy Allen,Tail gunner: Alf Le Sage (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John O’Neal, Waist gunner: John McQueen (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed (?Rohrbrunn?) Weibersbrunn, nine miles E of Aschaffenurg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3941. WHAT NEXT ?

Last updated: 15. April 2022


B-17 42-97464 / What Next? Details

Last observations of missing crews are as follows:

After fighters had attacked aircraft and left wing tip burning, pilot pulled out of formation to the right. Four chutes (2 immediate, 2 delayed) were definitely seen. Others had an opportunity to get out and there is a possibility that there were more chutes. A/C turned back and seemed under control for about 40 seconds, then went into steep dive and blew up at 16000 ft.

Source: MACR 3941


B-17 42-97464 / What Next? Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Boudinot Stimson POW
CP 1LT Robert H. Timberlake POW
BOMB 1LT Jack L. Pfaffman POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Earl K. Kukurin POW
RO T/SGT Carmon L. Mancuso POW
BT T/SGT Paul L. Melia POW
WG CPL Andrew L. Allen POW
WG SGT John C. McQueen KIA
TG S/SGT Alfred Le Sage POW

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