B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97471 / Male Call

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97471 / Male Call


  • RCL: VE-N

Missions: 1


History of
B-17 42-97471 / Male Call

Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 457BG [N] Glatton 27/1/44; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-N] Ridgewell 11/3/44; {1m} crash landed base ex-Frankfurt 20/3/44 with Bernard Beckman, Cp-Capt Doug Winter{threw wrong switch – u/c coll}, Navigator: Dave Brophy, Bombardier: George Speer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Dirling, Radio Operator: Abe Levine, Ball turret gunner: Gerald Frain, Waist gunner: Rob Rush. Weg-Bob Luth,Tail gunner: Nick Rossi (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 2 SAD 21/3/44.

Last updated: 29. November 2020


B-17 42-97471 / Male Call Details

England-Two USSTAF Officers of the Flying Fortress “Male Call” kneel in the wind and rain beside the damaged plane which brought them safely back from attack by US Heavy bombers on Frankfurt- 20 Mar 1944. Chaplain Martin Collett, invokes benediction on Lt’s Brophy and Beckman. The Fortress crash-landed at the field when its undercarriage folded, yet the pilot and entire crew escaped uninjured.

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