B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38742

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38742


MACR: 11044


History of
B-17 43-38742

Delivered Lincoln 14/9/44; Dow Fd 6/10/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 4/11/44; 322BG; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Ralph Stolz, Bernie Goldstein, Tom McDonough, John Harper, Howard Hagan, Don McPherson, Albt Waldmiller, Leland Herron (8 Killed in Action); George Minich (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zeitz; Missing Air Crew Report 11044.

Last updated: 20. August 2022


B-17 43-38742 Details

At the target aircraft 742 received a direct hit of flak and exploded.

Aircraft 642 saw one aircraft pf high squadron received direct burst of flak, two minute after target. Since aircraft 742 is only ship missing, it may be assumed it was the subject aircraft.

Statement of Eyewitness

At about two minutes after bombs away, altitude 24,000 feet, I saw aircraft B-17G, 43-38742, after it had pulled out of formation in the high squadron. The aircraft was approximately 500 feet below and slightly to the rear of our ship. At this time the aircraft exploded, disintegrating completely. I saw no crew members leave the ship or parachutes open. As I did not see subject aircraft when it left the high squadron it is possible that some of the crew members may have bailed out prior to the time that I first noticed the aircraft flying below our position.

S/Sgt. John C. Portner

Source: MACR 11044


B-17 43-38742 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Ralph E. Stolz KIA
CP 2LT Bernard Goldstein KIA
ENG/TT SGT John E. Harper KIA
RO SGT Howard C. Hagan KIA
BT SGT Donald R. McPherson KIA
WG SGT Albert E. Waldmiller KIA
TG SGT Leland K. Herron KIA
TOG SGT Thomas M. McDonough, Jr. KIA

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