B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-39149

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39149


MACR: 12229 / KSU/ME/KU: 3693


History of
B-17 43-39149

Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George Emerson (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with B-17 over Allied territory, Missing Air Crew Report 12229

Last updated: 23. February 2020


B-17 43-39149 Details

Mid-air collision with B-17 #42-31060 ‘Poque Ma Hone’ on February 09th 1945

Eyewitness Statements from MACR 12229

Missing A/C reported to have collided with A/C 42-31060 from 303rd Group. The rear part of the fuselage from the waist window back was torn off and the A/C went down.

The missing A/C is reported to have gone down out of control in two sections. It was seen to hit the ground and explode.

Indefinite reports of one parachute being seen shortly after the collision. Several other reports that A/C was watched all the way down and no chutes were seen. There are reports on some of the crew bailing out of the other A/C so that my account for the confusion on that point.


B-17 43-39149 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Robert J. Barrat KIA
CP 2LT Dean Harvey KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Raymond F. Reiss KIA
RO S/SGT Matthew Lazarowicz KIA
BT SGT Louis N. Linhart KIA
WG SGT Herbert D. Link KIA
TG SGT George H. Emerson POW
TOG S/SGT William T. Karp KIA

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