History of the
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.

Details 43-37883 / Blue Streak

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:

Crew 43-37883 / Blue Streak

P2LTDavid M. ParisKIA
CP2LTEugene F. SchmidtKIA
BOMB1LTWalter A. RouskyKIA
ROSGTNicholas D. PugliaKIA
WGSGTCalvin B. HerrickKIA
TGSGTWarren L. RudigerKIA

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  1. von LtCol Henderson Marriott am 29. March 2018 17:17 Uhr

    43-37883/Blue Streak Lost 11-2-44 Merseburg 834th BS-486th BG

    Pilot -LT David M. Paris-New Albany, IN Younger brother of CAPT John Paris, Jr-
    Flight Surgeon-USAAF. USAAF parachute returned to family.All crew members KIA.
    Memorial service conducted 1999-New Albany, Indiana-USA.
    An original British newspaper clipping of the photograph of the Blue Streak was
    found in my father’s bombardier’s kit bag in 2017. Lt Marriott was with the 396th
    BG (B-24) 30 missions over occupied France and Germany. The irony is
    that I married Lt David Paris cousin-Dr. Marion Paris. The extent of the
    8th Air Force Bomber Command and its groups and squadrons is reflected in the lives it touched during and following World War II.

    LtCol Ridge Marriott
    1st Special Forces Regiment (ABN)


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