B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97509 / Old Hickory

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97509 / Old Hickory

Manufacturer:
Lockheed/Vega

  • RCL: VK-A

MACR: 2864

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History of
B-17 42-97509 / Old Hickory

Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Presque Is 17/2/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 28/2/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 2/3/44 with Damon Elder, Navigator: Ed Connors, Bombardier: Alby Stravinsky, Radio Operator: Dan Gilmore, Ball turret gunner: Frank Mirenda, Waist gunner: Norman Clark, Waist gunner: Mario Garcia{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Verden Swank (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Jim Burns{chute failed}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Wilson{hit tree, not found until 15/3/44} (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 & #3, followed by flak, crashed Serinhamps, 14 miles SW of Dinant, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 2864. OLD HICKORY.

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B-17 42-97509 / Old Hickory Crew

PositionRankNameStatusNote
P2LTDamon C. ElderPOW
CP2LTJames R. BurnsKIA
BOMB2LTAlbert W. StravinskyPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTDavid L. WilsonKIA
ROT/SGTDaniel F. GilmorePOW
BTS/SGTFrank J. MirendaPOW
WGSGTNorman M. ClarkUNK
WGS/SGTMario D. GarciaPOW
TGS/SGTVerden D. SwankPOW

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