B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38272 / The Thumper

B-17 #43-38272 / The Thumperzoom_in



MACR: 14319


History of
B-17 43-38272 / The Thumper

Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Kearney 24/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 27/8/44; battle damaged Pilsen 25/4/45 with tail gunner Bill Meikle (Killed in Action); pilot Jim Blain, Grant White, Sid Messeri, John Brooks, Cliff Lager, Duffy Hornbeck, Bob Piva; mid air coll with 43-38178 (379BG); crashed Allied territory.

Last updated: 16. August 2020


B-17 43-38272 / The Thumper Details

Mid-air-collision with B-17 #43-38178 / Seattle Sue on 25 April 1945.

The crews of both collided B-17 were exchanged in the respective MACR.

Extract from the MACR 14319:

Tail gunners compartment was cut off at the ammunition boxes behind the tail gunner. Tail gunner was seen hanging from the compartment as it went down. This occurred over the target and no chute was observed.


B-17 43-38272 / The Thumper Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT James M. Blain RTD
CP 2LT Grant F. White RTD
BOMB 2LT John G. Brooks RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Clifford E. Larger RTD
RO S/SGT Duffy G. Hornbeck RTD
BT S/SGT Robert V. Piva RTD
TG S/SGT William W. Meikle KIA

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