B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38731 / Blythe Spirit

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38731 / Blythe Spirit


MACR: 13044

Missions: 36


History of
B-17 43-38731 / Blythe Spirit

Delivered Lincoln 13/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned: 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 1/10/44; MIA Oranienburg 15/3/45 Pilot: Harluf Jessen, Harry Pfautz, Karl Laubhan, Dick Kirkorowski, Helmer Gangestad, Claude Gatlin, Ed Evans {tg}, Cecil Campbell {obs} (8KIA); Bob Dwight, Walt Hoffman (2POW); flak, direct hit into bomb bay, crashed Schonhausen, Germany. MACR 13044. BLYTHE SPIRIT.

Last updated: 8. October 2020


B-17 43-38731 / Blythe Spirit Details

Aircraft 751 hit by flak in bomb bay and between #3 and #4 engine. Aircraft fell straight down and exploded. No chutes and out of control.


B-17 43-38731 / Blythe Spirit Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Harluf T. Jessen KIA
CP 2LT Robert P. Dwight POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Karl R. Laubhan KIA
RO T/SGT Richard A. Kledrowski KIA
BT S/SGT Helmer W. Gangestad KIA
WG SGT Claude E. Gatlin KIA
TG S/SGT Edward Evans KIA
TOG S/SGT Harry E. Pfautz KIA
--- SGT Cecil R. Campbell KIA Spot Jammer

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