B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97491 / Ronnie R

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97491 / Ronnie R


  • RCL: LD-B

MACR: 3043 / KSU/ME/KU: 652A


History of
B-17 42-97491 / Ronnie R

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Romulus 31/12/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Dean Radtke, Co-pilot: Gordon Devault, Navigator: Bob Reilly, Bombardier: Bill Agnetti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Van Pinner{Wounded in Action}, Radio Operator: Bob Ray, Waist gunner: Chas Allen, Waist gunner: Dick Kerwin,Tail gunner: Theo Mangum {Wounded in Action} (9 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Joe Kroczynski (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Twirstringen (Telbrkae?), two miles E of Vechta, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3043. RONNIE R.

Last updated: 1. April 2021


B-17 42-97491 / Ronnie R Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Dean M. Radtke POW
CP 2LT Gordon E. DeVault POW
BOMB 2LT William B. Agnetti POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Van D. Pinner POW
RO T/SGT Robert Ray POW
BT S/SGT Joseph C. Kroczynski KIA
WG S/SGT Charles F. Allen POW
WG S/SGT Richard K. Kerwin POW
TG S/SGT Theodore E. Mangum POW

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