B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38562 / Kitty Kay and Katy

B-17 #43-38562 / Kitty Kay and Katyzoom_in



  • RCL: N7-V/L

MACR: 13090


History of
B-17 43-38562 / Kitty Kay and Katy

Delivered Cheyenne 17/8/44; Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 9AF HQ 19/9/44 Sunninghill, UK 24/9/44; transferred 603BS/398BG [N7-V then L] Nuthampstead 17/1/45; (28m) Missing in Action Oranienburg 15/3/45 with Andy Thomas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Pettibone, Radio Operator: Tony Buddes (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maurice Trokey, Navigator: Elmer Spaw, Ball turret gunner: Jim Powell, Waist gunner: George Ormsby,Tail gunner: Bill Hilderbrand (5 Prisoner of War); flak hit in #3, crashed Oranienburg; Missing Air Crew Report 13090. KITTY, KAY AND KATY.

Last updated: 24. January 2018


B-17 43-38562 / Kitty Kay and Katy Details

Back Row (left to right):

S/Sgt. Anthony G. Buddes, Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Charles W. Branum, Togglier
S/Sgt. James R. Atkins, Tail Gunner
S/Sgt. George R. Ormsby, Waist Gunner
2nd Lt. Maurice S. Trokey, Co-Pilot

Front Row (left to right):

S/Sgt. James B. Pettibone, Engineer / Top Turret
S/Sgt. James A. Powell, Ball Turret Gunner
2nd Lt. Andrew R. Thomas, Pilot
2nd Lt. Elmer S. Spaw, Navigator


B-17 43-38562 / Kitty Kay and Katy Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Andrew R. Thomas KIA
CP 2LT Maurice S. Trokey POW
ENG/TT T/SGT James B. Pettibone KIA
RO T/SGT Anthony G. Buddes MIA possibly shot by SS after landing with chute.
BT T/SGT James A. Powell POW
WG S/SGT George R. Ormsby POW
TG CPT William H. Hilderbrand POW

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