B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97962 / Casey’s Strawberry Blonde

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97962 / Casey’s Strawberry Blonde


  • RCL: SC-G

MACR: 8607

Missions: 27


History of
B-17 42-97962 / Casey’s Strawberry Blonde

Delivered Denver 16/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 5/6/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with Dave Loughlin, Co-pilot: Chas Meredith, Bombardier: Edwin Sedlak, Radio Operator: Jim Sommers, Ball turret gunner: John Punte, Waist gunner: Arlo Dralle,Tail gunner: Albt Bailey (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Roger Bernard, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oliver Livingston (2 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 and #4, on way down aircraft blew up, crashed Trosel, NE of Mannheim; Missing Air Crew Report 8607. CASEY’S STRAWBERRY BLONDE.

Last updated: 29. March 2020


B-17 42-97962 / Casey’s Strawberry Blonde Details

Back row (L-R):
Edwin F. Sedlak; James Charles F. Meredith; Roger L. Bernard; David Loughlin
Front row (L-R):
Oliver E. Livingston; David C. Messex; John Bernard Punte; Albert M. Bailey; James L. Sommers; Arlo W. Dralle
Photo taken on 2 September 1944. One week before most of them failed to return.


B-17 42-97962 / Casey’s Strawberry Blonde Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT David Loughlin KIA
CP 1LT Charles F. Meredith KIA
BOMB 1LT Edwin F. Sedlak KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Oliver E. Livingston POW
RO T/SGT James L. Sommers KIA
BT S/SGT John A. Punte KIA
WG S/SGT Arlo W. Dralle KIA
TG S/SGT Albert M. Bailey KIA

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