B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38183 / Ice Cold Katie

B-17 #43-38183 / Ice Cold Katiezoom_in

Ernie Algorri


  • RCL: XM-J

History of
B-17 43-38183 / Ice Cold Katie

Delivered Cheyenne 4/7/44; Kearney 14/7/44; Grenier 20/7/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-J] Rougham 22/7/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 23/7/44; 457BG Glatton 24/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45. ICE COLD KATIE.

Last updated: 1. February 2019


B-17 43-38183 / Ice Cold Katie Details

Lt. Antolin Algorri, Jr (later Lt. Col.), was a navigator on this plane with the crew of Pilot John (“Jack”) Torgerson and completed his 35 missions from June to December 1944.

B17G 43-38183 - Crew of John

Crew of John “Jack” Torgerson Photo: Ernie Algorri

From bottom left: Jack Torgerson, pilot; Jack Ratliff, co-pilot; Antolin “Al” Algorri, Navigator; George Bloxham, bombardier.
Top from left: Lawrence Smith, ball turret; Dave Berenio, waist gun; John Carey, tail gun; Jack Woska, waist gun; John O’Leary, radioman. Not depicted was flight engineer Lawrence Silvey.

Alexandria, Louisiana before their deployment to the European Theatre.


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