B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38403

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38403


MACR: 12768


History of
B-17 43-38403

Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/44; Kearney 9/8/44; Grenier 16/8/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/8/44; in base landing accident with Herbert Vick 24/12/44; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with Floyd Peede, Co-pilot: Tom Easterling, Navigator: Fred Edelstein, tog-Larry Pratz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Nerrie, Radio Operator: Bob Brown, Ball turret gunner: Ken Chezem, Waist gunner: Bob Harrison,Tail gunner: Theo Spracklen (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed Lodz, Poland; Salvaged 1/3/45. Missing Air Crew Report 12768.

Last updated: 12. October 2020


B-17 43-38403 Details

Eyewitness Statement

At 1224 hours this A/C, No. 403, was observed to have its wheels down and under control. A fighter pilot reported sighting an aircraft which he believed was from this group headed for Poland at 10000, under control. The fighter pilot reported that the letter “2” was apparent on the tail which leads to the belief that the A/C he reported belonged to this group. This marking was born by the missing A/C. Fighter pilot reported that the A/C fired two green flares. A/C was last seen at 1225 hours.


B-17 43-38403 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Floyd A. Peede, Jr. RTD
CP 1LT Thomas R. Easterling, Jr. RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT James H. Nerrie RTD
RO T/SGT Robert G. Brown, Jr. RTD
BT SGT Theodore J. Spracklen RTD
WG S/SGT Robert T. Harrison RTD
TG S/SGT Kenneth A. Chezem RTD
TOG SGT Lawrence T. Kratz RTD

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