B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97528 / Mary’s Sister

B-17 #42-97528 / Mary’s Sisterzoom_in



Missions: 71


History of
B-17 42-97528 / Mary’s Sister

Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Grenier 29/1/44; Assigned: 563BS/388BG Knettishall 9/2/44; battle damage Frankfurt 5/1/45 Pilot: Jim Ruether, Co-Pilot: Ray Helminiak, Radio Operator: Ray Ward (3RTD ‘ all wia); Navigator: H.W. Swanson, togg-J. Haskett, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Fred Thielske, Ball Turret Gunner: Martin Smith, Waist Gunner: A.Kiss, Tail Gunner: Virgil Koon (6KIA); flak burst in heavy cloud and attempted to drop down for home, crash-landed RAF Hawkinge, Kent, UK; Salvaged. 6/1/45. MARY’S SISTER.

Last updated: 8. December 2018


B-17 42-97528 / Mary’s Sister Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT James F. Reuther WIA
CP 2LT Raymond O. Helminiak WIA
ENG/TT SGT Frederick P. Thielke KIA
RO S/SGT Raymond Ward WIA
BT SGT Marlin H. Smith KIA
WG SGT Albert C. Kiss KIA
TG SGT Virgil E. Koon KIA
TOG SGT James W. Haskett KIA

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