B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38176 / Bouncing Betty II

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38176 / Bouncing Betty II


  • RCL: VK-B

MACR: 10586


History of
B-17 43-38176 / Bouncing Betty II

Delivered Cheyenne 4/7/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-B] Molesworth 20/7/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Walt Mayer[broke leg on landing], Co-pilot: Ray Gradle, Navigator: Bob Simons, Bombardier: Oron Rogers[wia], Radio Operator: Ernie Tuescher, Waist gunner: Ernie Gendron, Ball turret gunner: Jerome Messerich,Tail gunner: Fred Withers[wia] (8 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Doug Hicks (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft ko’d #1 & 2; crash landed in field near Boulaide, SW of Wiltz, Lux. Missing Air Crew Report 10586. BOUNCING BETTY II.


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