History of the
B-17 #42-97465 / The Scarlet Harlot

Delivered: Denver 23/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned: 751BS/457BG [B] Glatton 9/2/44; MIA Marienburg 9/4/44 Pilot: Bob Walker, Waist Gunner: Kneeland Parshley, Tail Gunner: Bruce Kustaborder (3KIA); Co-Pilot: J.B. Lathal, Navigator: Frank Jackson, Bombardier: Marlin Greenawalt, Radio Operator: Dave Gerber, Ball Turret Gunner: Frank Croft, Waist Gunner: Leland Mills[wia] (6POW); Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Lionel Havlas (EVD); Enemy aircraft, crashed Ossecken, 30 miles W of Gdynia, Pol; MACR 3665.

Crew 42-97465 / The Scarlet Harlot

P---Robert K. WalkerKIA
CP---J. B. LathamPOW
BOMB---Marlin D. GreenawałtPOW
ENG/TT---Lionel W. HavlasEVD
RO---David M. GerberPOW
BT---Frank L. Croft, Jr.POW
WG---Leland E. MillsPOW
WG---Kneeland I. ParshleyKIAKIA by Luftwaffe fighters in the air
TG---Bruce L. KustaborderKIAjumped with parachute but had found died on the ground.

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  1. von Sarah Handfest am 26. December 2018 19:00 Uhr

    This was my grandfather, Marlin Greenawalt’s, plane. According to the American Air Museum of Britain, this plane had the nick name “The Scarlet Harlot”


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 26. December 2018 19:10 Uhr

      Thank you. This name is also mentioned on the website of the 457th BG. I added the name.


  2. von Robert Bohnenkamp am 28. May 2019 1:36 Uhr

    My name is Robert after my great Uncle Robert K. walker. Trying to learn more about him!


  3. von James S. Havlas am 09. October 2019 19:53 Uhr

    I am the grandson of Lionel W. Havlas / engineer and top turret gunner of this plane. Does anyone have photos of the plane at the crash site? I have heard there is a memorial there.


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