History of the
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.

Details 43-38183 / Ice Cold Katie

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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  1. von MIssy Rung-Blue am 13. November 2019 20:31 Uhr


    Just wanted to point out a discrepancy between your database and other information I have regarding Ice Cold Katie. The American Air Museum in England has a photograph of a plaque in honor of 1st Lt. Antolin “Al” Algorri who was a navigator on this plane. The plaque commemorates his 35 missions flown June – December 1944 in the 332nd Squadron. This means that the plane was NOT transferred to the 379th, at least not on 23/7/1944 as stated by Dave Osbourne.

    Here is a link to the image on the American Air Museum’s website: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/12189

    Hope you find this helpful!

    P.S. The American Air Museum also has a photograph of Ice Cold Katie’s nose art, which is useful for those of us looking for nose art. 🙂


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