B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97852

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97852


MACR: 8425


History of
B-17 42-97852

Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 22/5/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 14/8/44 with Bill Stiles, Navigator: John Madiera, Bombardier: Chas Keck (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Joe Lojewski, Radio Operator: Art Varricchio, Ball turret gunner: Hubert Campney, Waist gunner: Ralph Montiel,Tail gunner: Lester Gaulin (5 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Walker (KIS-shot by Gestapo next day); flak damaged controls, 6 men bailed over Strasbourg, but P kept control intent of returning to base but ran out of gas, rest bailed 12 miles SW of Le Mans, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 8425.

Last updated: 19. October 2018


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