B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97871 / Bundles of Trouble

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97871 / Bundles of Trouble


  • RCL: DI-P

MACR: 8915 / KSU/ME/KU: 2873


History of
B-17 42-97871 / Bundles of Trouble

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Hunter 12/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned: 570BS/390BG [DI-P] Framlingham 27/5/44; MIA Dusseldorf 9/9/44 Pilot: Melvin Hobbie, Wilbur Collins, Calvin Straney, George Sempepes, Howard Liederbach, Jesus Porras, Henry Talbot, Bill Zeimerowski, Robert L. Schimdt (9KIA); flak hit in bomb bay, ship exploded, crashed Hubbelrath, Germany. MACR 8915. BUNDLES OF TROUBLE.

Last updated: 4. October 2020


B-17 42-97871 / Bundles of Trouble Details

A/C 871 received a direct hit by flak at target at 1033 hours, blowing up immediately. No chutes reported.

Source: MACR 8915


B-17 42-97871 / Bundles of Trouble Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Melvin D. Hobbie KIA
CP 2LT Wilburg H. Collins KIA
BOMB 2LT George N. Sempepes KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Howard A. Liederbach KIA
RO T/SGT Jesus Porras KIA
BT S/SGT Henry W. Talbot KIA
WG S/SGT William W. Zeimerowski KIA
TG S/SGT Robert L. Schimdt KIA

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