B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97771

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97771

Manufacturer:
Lockheed/Vega

  • RCL: VP-J

MACR: 7884

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History of
B-17 42-97771

Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Denver 3/3/44; 1SAG Langley 3/6/44; Dow Fd 20/5/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 11/6/44; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-J] Ridgewell 5/7/44; Missing in Action {6+m} Nienburg 5/8/44 with Sal Melomo, Navigator: Chas Freeman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Willard Gilbertson, Radio Operator: Leland Vaughn, Waist gunner: Julian Hill (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Edwin Palmer, Ex nav-Bill Bernstein, Co-pilot: Dave Lane, Ball turret gunner: Jim Moorhead,Tail gunner: Lou Beneke (5 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 and #4, crashed off Jadebusen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7884.

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