B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97847

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97847


MACR: 5265 / KSU/ME/KU: 2006


History of
B-17 42-97847

Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 8/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned: 549BS/385BG [XA-Q] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; MIA Magdeburg 28/5/44 Pilot: Francis Hunter, Co-Pilot: Ray Miller, Navigator: Preston Ray, Bombardier: Antero Coelho, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Ralph Marts, Radio Operator: Jerome Schrotter, Ball Turret Gunner: Dick Scott, Waist Gunner: Ed Kowalski, Waist Gunner: Ken Sheehan, Tail Gunner: Maurice Pruner (10POW); flak KOd #4, crashed Albrechtshain, near Grimma, E of Leipzig, Germany. MACR 5265.

Last updated: 24. January 2021


B-17 42-97847 Details

Aircraft 42-97847 was hit in the number four engine by flak while over the target, shortly after bombs away. The aircraft began to lose speed and altitude and 10 chutes were seen to leave the ship. All chutes were seen to open and clear the ship safely. The ship crashed to the earth at 50°27’N – 09°37’E at 1538 hours, exploding on impact.

Source: MACR 5265


B-17 42-97847 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P F/O Francis J. Hunter POW
CP F/O Raymond J. Miller, Jr. POW
BOMB 2LT Antero Coelho POW
RO S/SGT Jerome H. Schrotter POW
BT SGT Richard E. Scott POW
WG SGT Edward J. Kowalski POW
WG SGT Kennet E. Sheehan POW
TG SGT Maurice J. Pruner POW

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