B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6100 / Miss D-Day

B-17 #44-6100 / Miss D-Dayzoom_in



MACR: 11718

Missions: 1


History of
B-17 44-6100 / Miss D-Day

Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX- ] Gt Ashfield 27/5/44; 1m Missing in Action Cologne 9/1/45 with Rifas Missing Air Crew Report 11718. MISS `D’ DAY.

Last updated: 26. May 2019


B-17 44-6100 / Miss D-Day Details

As stated in the Missing Air Crew Report:

Aircraft 44-6100, returning from operational mission to Frankfurt, Germany on 8 January 1945, landed at emergency landing strip, A-70, Laon-Couvron, France.  Radio message was received at station 155, that this aircraft had been given clearance on the afternoon of 9 January 1945, but due to weather conditions on the continent it was believed that clearance had been cancelled, as no further contact was made by either A-70 or station 155.

The bodies of two of the crew frozen together in a life raft [2 Lt. John W. Skoff, bombardier, and S/Sgt. Lowey I. Boyd, ball turret gunner] were picked up at 50 – 40 N, 00 – 20 E, 13 January 1945, by Air/Sea Rescue and taken to New Haven Mortuary.


B-17 44-6100 / Miss D-Day Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Leonard Rifas MIA
CP 2LT Charles M. Jones MIA
BOMB 2LT John W. Skoff KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT William D. Finkbiner MIA
RO T/SGT Wilmer W. Sherwood MIA
BT S/SGT Lowey I. Boyd KIA
WG S/SGT John H. Parrish MIA
WG S/SGT Dwain R. Rasmussen MIA
TG S/SGT Alphonse J. Novetske MIA

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