History of the
B-17 #44-6291

Delivered Kearney 27/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-E] Molesworth 26/7/44; Missing in Action Wiesbaden 15/8/44 with Alf Smith, Co-pilot: Bob King {wia-dec. 20 Aug 44}, Emerson Jones, Bombardier: Stan Kemp, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Martin Harbarger, Radio Operator: Dick Swanson, Ball turret gunner: Jack Fischer (7 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Ed Beres,Tail gunner: Sam Bruno (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set ship on fire, crew bailed then it blew up, crashed Orsfeld, E of Bitburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8171.

Crew 44-6291

P2LTAlfred I. SmithPOW
CP2LTRobert G. KingPOW
BOMB2LTStandley A. KempPOW
ENG/TTS/SGTMartin M. HarbargerPOW
ROSGTRichard A. SwansonPOW
BTSGTJack D. FischerPOW
WGSGTEdward BeresKIA

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  1. von Gabriel Constantine am 02. December 2019 17:51 Uhr

    Sq letter should be E, 42-31224 ‘Helen Heaven’ is VK-F already. Thank you for this site, it is very interesting to research. As you have noted both aircraft were lost Aug 15 1944.


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 03. December 2019 9:19 Uhr

      Thank you. I have updated to VK-E. It’s also noted “E” in the MACR file. I did not checked this before.


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