B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97836 / Bugs Bunny Jr

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97836 / Bugs Bunny Jr


MACR: 13043


History of
B-17 42-97836 / Bugs Bunny Jr

Delivered Denver 10/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/5/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 15/3/45 with Ralph Putnam, Guide Pinomenti, Sam Esposite, Russell Neil, Jim Mikwai, Elliott Evans, Albert Majovsky, Roscoe Johnson, Chas Swanson (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Osted, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 13043. BUGS BUNNY JR.

Last updated: 24. December 2020


B-17 42-97836 / Bugs Bunny Jr Details

Eyewiness Statement to the loss of the B-17 #42-97836 ‘Bugs Bunny Jr’

Aircraft 836 was hit by flak near Wittenburg. One burst tore off nose section – another set #3 engine on fire. Aircraft dropped out of formation apparently under control at 20000 feet. Fighter report aircraft 836 “P-PETER” belly landed in Steinboden Lake region. Plane did not blow up after landing. Fighter claim no chutes previous, but crews in this group say possibility of 4 – 6 chutes after being hit.


B-17 42-97836 / Bugs Bunny Jr Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Ralph D. Putnam POW
CP 1LT Guide Pinomenti POW
BOMB S/SGT Russell J. Neil, Jr. POW
ENG/TT T/SGT James J. Mikwai POW
RO T/SGT Elliott D. Evans POW
BT SGT Albert A. Majovsky POW
WG S/SGT Roscoe S. Johnson POW
TG S/SGT Charles R. Swanson POW

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