B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6291

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6291


  • RCL: VK-E

MACR: 8171


History of
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.

Last updated: 3. December 2019


B-17 44-6291 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Alfred I. Smith POW
CP 2LT Robert G. King POW
BOMB 2LT Standley A. Kemp POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Martin M. Harbarger POW
RO SGT Richard A. Swanson POW
BT SGT Jack D. Fischer POW
WG SGT Edward Beres KIA
TG SGT Sam S. Bruno KIA

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