B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38725

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38725


MACR: 11149 / KSU/ME/KU: 1139


History of
B-17 43-38725

Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 28/9/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Ray Buthe, Chas Norris, Marvin Brawer, Tony DeMarco, Chas Agantovich, Ralph Corning (6 Killed in Action); Curtis Chapman, John Flynn, John Lafferty (3 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zeitz, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 11149.

Last updated: 7. January 2022


B-17 43-38725 Details

Remarks to the loss of B-17G #43-38725.

Aircraft 43-38725 was hit by flak at instant of bombs away. A large hole was observed between #3 and #4 engine. Entire right wing burst into flames and aircraft peeled off to right and lost altitude rapidly. Aircraft was not out of control and some crews report 1-2 chutes, though the majority saw no chutes. Incident was at 27,800 feet at 1318 hours over the target. Heavy contrails prevented further observe vions of this aircraft or its crew.

Source: MACR 11149


B-17 43-38725 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Raymond H. Buthe KIA
CP 2LT Charles O. Norris KIA
BOMB 2LT Curtis G. Chapman POW
ENG/TT SGT John M. Flynn POW
RO SGT Anthony R. De Marco POW
BT SGT Charles R. Agantovich KIA
WG SGT John W. Lafferty, Jr. KIA
TG SGT Ralph B. Corning KIA

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