B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-37883 / Blue Streak

B-17 #43-37883 / Blue Streakzoom_in



  • RCL: 4N-C, 2S-T

MACR: 10168


History of
B-17 43-37883 / Blue Streak

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-C] Sudbury 2/7/44; transferred 834BS [2S-T]; {27m} Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Dave Paris, Co-pilot: Gene Schmidt, Navigator: Bill Beeson, Bombardier: Walt Rousky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McGill, Radio Operator: Nick Puglia, Ball turret gunner: John Burch, Waist gunner: Calvin Herrick,Tail gunner: Warren Rudiger (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10168. BLUE STREAK.

Last updated: 17. February 2020


B-17 43-37883 / Blue Streak Details

The shrapnel from flak (FLiegerAbwehrKanone) was dangerous enough to planes and crew in a near miss. Direct hits were devastating as this photo shows. S/SGT Bill Stewart (834th BS) took this photo on Nov 2, 1944 from his waist window as #883 takes a direct hit in the bomb bay. Most likely before “bombs away.” The bombardier had 31 missions; the rest of the crew had only 4 or 5 missions. This photo appeared in most London newspapers and one New York paper.

Wreckage found in August 2002 and displayed in Luftfahrt und Technik Museumspark Merseburg. Images of the parts are on this website at the bottom:

From MACR 10168

Eyewitness Statements:

A/C 883 received a direct flak hit just after bombs away. There was an explosion the plane broke in many flaming pieces. No parachutes were seen.

Sgt. Bacon saw two men come out of the plane. He couldn’t say wheter they had jumped or been thrown clear. He saw no chutes.


B-17 43-37883 / Blue Streak Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT David M. Paris KIA
CP 2LT Eugene F. Schmidt KIA
BOMB 1LT Walter A. Rousky KIA
RO SGT Nicholas D. Puglia KIA
BT SGT John C. Burch KIA
WG SGT Calvin B. Herrick KIA
TG SGT Warren L. Rudiger KIA

LtCol Henderson Marriott
29. March 2018 access_time 17:17

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