B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

B-17 #43-37599 / Moonlight Serenadezoom_in



MACR: 8454 / KSU/ME/KU: 2851

Missions: 32


History of
B-17 43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned: 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/6/44; MIA Stuttgart 5/9/44 Pilot: Ray Paaske, Garis Jacoby {died in captivity}, Tony Santos, Sam George, Henry Mays (5POW); Gene Sydlowski, Bill Baker, John Wells, Ernie Haygood, (4EVD); flak, crashed Rottweil, Germany. MACR 8454. MOONLIGHT SERENADE.

Last updated: 26. November 2022


B-17 43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade Details

Aircraft No. 599 apparently was hit by flak at the target. Three or four minutes after bombs away the aircraft was seen to leave the formation with No. 3 and No. 4 engines feathered. The aircraft was heard to call for fighter escort and was last seen over the Vosges Mountains, west of Strasbourg with 5 fighters escorting it. Radio conversations report the aircraft may have been trying to make an emergency field in allied occupied France. Aircraft was last seen at an estimated altitude of 10000 feet.

Source: MACR 8454


B-17 43-37599 / Moonlight Serenade Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Raymond Marcus Paaske POW
CP 2LT Garis Phillip Jacoby POW
BOMB 2LT Eugene Sydlowski EVD
ENG/TT SGT William Milton Baker EVD
RO SGT John S. Wells EVD
BT SGT Ernest Ray Haygood POW
WG SGT Sam Edgar George Jr. POW
TG SGT Henry J. Mays POW

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