B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6364 / Smiling Elsie

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6364 / Smiling Elsie



History of
B-17 44-6364 / Smiling Elsie

Delivered Hunter 14/7/44; Presque Is 4/8/44; Assigned 419BS/301BG Lucera 13/8/44; Missing in Action Pardubice 24/8/44 with Stan Peterson, Eisenstein, Gustafson, White, Curtin (5 Killed in Action); Guenther, Lundy, Sabato, Porter, Johnson (5 Returned to Duty); crew bailed over Adriatic Sea as aircraft ditched. Missing Air Crew Report 16214 & 16519.

Last updated: 5. March 2018


B-17 44-6364 / Smiling Elsie Details

Hit by an other B-17’s gun fire during gun test.


B-17 44-6364 / Smiling Elsie Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Stanley A. Peterson KIA Never recovered
CP 2LT Earl A. Guenther RTD
BOMB 2LT Edwin Lundy RTD
ENG/TT T/SGT Harold N. Porter RTD
RO T/3. William V Johnson RTD
BT SGT John M Curtin KIA Never recovered
WG S/SGT Anthony L Sabato RTD
WG S/SGT Frank J. White KIA Never recovered
TG S/SGT Clifford A. Gustafson KIA Never recovered

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