B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38434

B-17 #43-38434zoom_in

Randy Sprout


  • RCL: UX-

MACR: 9345

Missions: 71


History of
B-17 43-38434

Delivered Cheyenne 2/8/44; Hunter 12/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Podington 13/9/44; Missing in Action {71m} Zwickau 7/10/44 with Chas Kerr, George Vogler, Leroy Draud, Bill Cummings {Ex nav}, Joe Barrett (5 Prisoner of War); Dwight Benjamin, Bob Devaney, Alby Salazar, Bill McCray, Bob Moshier (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Emmerich; Missing Air Crew Report 9345.

Last updated: 26. January 2021


B-17 43-38434 Details

Extract from S-2 report:

Three fortresses were observed in distress. (A) A b-17 was seen in a spin at 13000 feet altitude, at 5129N-1353E. Three chutes were seen. A/C was out of control (B) A B-17 was observed under control but out of formation at 5235N-0435E at 18000 feet. no apparent damage could be seen by observing A/C. (C) A B-17 suspected to be that of Lt. Kerr, in A/C 434 MIA today, was seen North of Dresden at 23000 feet, heading 270 degrees. Number three engine was smoking and had been feathered. Number two engine was feathered. He was heard calling for fighter protection and called out over VHF that he was headed for Brussels.

Source: MACR 9345

Picture shows 1st LT Robert L. Sprout in the cockpit of B-17G #43-38434


B-17 43-38434 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lt. Charles Kerr POW
CP 1LT George L. Vogler POW
BOMB 1LT Joseph S. Barrett POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Dwight O. Benjamin KIA
RO T/SGT Robert E. Devaney KIA
BT S/SGT Albert M. Salazar KIA
WG S/SGT William W. McCray KIA
TG S/SGT Robert L. Moshier KIA
NAV2 1LT Leroy R. Draud POW

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