B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97492 / Slow Ball

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97492 / Slow Ball


  • RCL: DS-B

MACR: 7704

Missions: 50


History of
B-17 42-97492 / Slow Ball

Delivered Denver 1/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-B] Polebrook 14/1/44; Missing in Action {50m} Saarbrucken 3/8/44 with Ralph Brackens*, Co-pilot: Bill Beals, Navigator: Dan Moseley, Bombardier: George Cobb, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Williamson, Radio Operator: Bill Hardesty, Ball turret gunner: Bob Mattice*, Waist gunner: George McCrary,Tail gunner: Jim Atkins (9POW-* both broke leg on landing)); flak KO’d #3, ship went into spin and exploded, crashed Huttersdorf, NW of Lebach, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 7704. SLOW BALL.

Last updated: 1. March 2018


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