B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38172 / Lovely Julie

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  • RCL: 3O-P

History of
B-17 43-38172 / Lovely Julie

Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-P] Nuthampstead 13/8/44; battle damaged Cologne 15/10/44 with Lawrence DeLancey, Co-pilot: Phil Stahlman, Navigator: Ray LeDoux, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Ruckel, Radio Operator: Wendell Reed, Ball turret gunner: Al Albro, Waist gunner: Russ Lachman,Tail gunner: Herb Guild (8 Returned to Duty). Salvaged Abbotts Ripton 2 SAD. LOVELY JULIE.

Last updated: 18. July 2020


B-17 43-38172 / Lovely Julie Details

The aircraft was hit by flak after bombs away, then a shell exploded in the nose killing toggler/bombardier. Sgt George Abbott and destroying almost all instruments, including oxygen and blowing off almost the entire nose. DeLancey dropped to lower altitude still under fire, and a sub-zero gale blowing through the fuselage, he managed to bring his battered ship home, making a safe landing despite no brakes.


B-17 43-38172 / Lovely Julie Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lawrence M. DeLancey RTD
CP 1LT Phillip H. Stahlman RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Benjamin H. Ruckel RTD
RO T/SGT Wendell A. Reed RTD
BT S/SGT Albert Albro RTD
WG T/SGT Russell A. Lachman RTD
TG S/SGT Herbert D. Guild RTD
TOG S/SGT George E. Abbott KIA Togglier

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