B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38154 / Heavenly Body

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38154 / Heavenly Body


  • RCL: 2G-G

MACR: 9423


History of
B-17 43-38154 / Heavenly Body

Delivered Cheyenne 30/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Grenier 15/7/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-G] Lavenham 18/7/44; Missing in Action Beilefeld, Ger 30/9/44 with Harry Oesch, Co-pilot: Wilburn Furr, Navigator: Henry Miller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Milo Volavka, Radio Operator: Martin Stanley, Ball turret gunner: Hudie Graves, Waist gunner: Bill Focht,Tail gunner: Willard Green (8 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Viltold Zalneraitis (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 43-38037 (487BG), crashed Leopoldshohe-Kentrup, E of Bielefeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9423.

Last updated: 3. October 2017


B-17 43-38154 / Heavenly Body Details

Mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38037 ‘Liberty Belle’  on 30/09/1944.

When in sharp turn in heavy contrails B-17 #43-38037 was caught in prop wash (presumed), went over on its back and collided with #43-38154 of same squadron. Right wing (of #37) and left wing of #154 came off and both aircraft spun down


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