B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-39163 / Happy Warrior

B-17 #43-39163 / Happy Warriorzoom_in



  • RCL: H8-S

MACR: 13889

Missions: 24


History of
B-17 43-39163 / Happy Warrior

Delivered Lincoln 22/12/44; Grenier 3/1/45; Assigned: 835BS/486BG [H8-S] Sudbury 7/1/45; {24m} MIA Parchim 7/4/45 Pilot: Walt Center, Giovanni Cirelli, Albt Harris, Wyatt Kerr, Sam Powell {tg}, Maj Bain Fulton {obs} (6POW); Doug Spath, George Lyford, Frank Pikula, Bob Frauenholtz (4KIA); hit by incendiaries from above aircraft; crashed Parchim, Germany. MACR 13889. HAPPY WARRIOR.

Last updated: 31. October 2021


B-17 43-39163 / Happy Warrior Details

At 1440 hours, over the target area (at an altitude of 15000), a/c 846 releases its bombs and one of the 100-lb. clusters broke apart and floated through the formation. One of the 20-lb. bombs in the cluster apparently became armed and hit a/c 163. The a/c seemed to burst into flame immediately. Six (6) men jumped from this a/c and five (5) chutes were definitely seen to open.

Source: MACR 13889


B-17 43-39163 / Happy Warrior Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Walter G. Center, Jr. POW
CP 2LT Douglas F. Spath KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT Giovanni A. Cirellli POW
RO S/SGT Robert J. Frauenholtz KIA
BT SGT Albert Harris POW
WG SGT Wyatt M. Kerr POW
TG SGT Sam J. Powell, Jr. POW
OBS MAJ Bain E. Fulton POW
TOG S/SGT Frank W. Pikula KIA

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