B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97553

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97553



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B-17 42-97553

Delivered Denver 21/12/43; Kearney 7/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned: 303BG Molesworth 6/2/44; on ferry flight from Gander, Nfd to Prestwick, UK 20/2/44 Pilot: Fred Rowan, Bill Moyer, Navigator: Bob Bates, Bombardier: Loren Rawlings, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Lyman Ela, Radio Operator: Bon Hanson, Ball Turret Gunner: Vachel Roughley, Waist Gunner: Earl Salmon, Waist Gunner: John Arendt, Tail Gunner: Theo Miller (10RTD); one engine not functioning correctly and running out of gas, forced landing Fintral Bay, Co. Donegal, Eire; all p[ossible material was salvaged but later aircraft became submerged.


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