B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97844

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97844


  • RCL: ET-R

MACR: 12948

Missions: 96


History of
B-17 42-97844

Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with William Ourant, Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator: Elmer Miles, Bombardier: William Waskow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Don Norvet, Waist gunner: Andrew Demchak, Tail gunner: Art Billings, Dave Willoughby {voice int} (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: John Star KIA; crashed Weisel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12948.

Last updated: 26. November 2022


B-17 42-97844 Details

B-17G 42-97844 piloted by 2nd Lt. Ourant was seen to be hit by flak over the target and dive down with one engine on fire. The fire was seen to be put out and the plane continue under control. The aircraft was last seen by a fighter pilot at 1045 hours west of the Rhine, directly west of Wiesbaden (50°04’N – 08°15’E). Four chutes were seen to leave the aircraft over the target area.

Source: MACR 12948


B-17 42-97844 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT William E. Ourant POW
CP 2LT Dwight A. King POW
ENG/TT SGT Victor A. Johnson POW
RO SGT John A. Star KIA
BT SGT Donald G. Norvet POW
WG SGT Andrew J. Demchak POW
TG SGT Arthur S. Billings POW
--- T/SGT David J. Willoughby POW Voice Interpreter
TOG SGT William A. Waskow, Jr. POW

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