B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97666

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97666


MACR: 11234 / KSU/ME/KU: 1183 A


History of
B-17 42-97666

Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 3/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned as SH ship 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 8/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with John Kostuch (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob McCutcheon, Navigator: Bill Silvey, Bombardier: Jim Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Zimmer, Radio Operator: Bill Willard, Ball turret gunner: Chas Buatte, Waist gunner: Leon Roberts,Tail gunner: Nick Moramarco (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set wing and #2 on fire, crashed Hellwege, six miles W of Rotenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11234.

Last updated: 22. August 2021


B-17 42-97666 Details

2 engine and wing were on fire, A/C followed formation for several minutes, slowly lagging behind. Went into a steep spiral with one wing flaming. Heading 170 degrees.


B-17 42-97666 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P F/O John F. Kostuch, Jr. KIA
CP 2LT Robert B. McCutcheon POW
ENG/TT T/SGT George W. Zimmer POW
RO T/SGT William D. Willard POW
BT S/SGT Charles L. Buatte POW
WG S/SGT Leon D. Roberts POW
TG S/SGT Nick Moramarco POW
TOG S/SGT James R. Allen POW

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