B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6442

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MACR: 15707 (?)


History of
B-17 44-6442

Delivered Kearney 5/8/44; Grenier 24/8/44; 273 BU Lincoln 4/9/44; Assigned 340BS/97BG Amendola 15/9/44; Missing in Action Kalmaki A/fd, Greece 21/1/45 with John Potkalitsky, Cummings, Hill, Chapman, Poovey, Gorman {Wounded in Action}, Shea, McKinlay, Whalen {Wounded in Action}, Couvillion {Wounded in Action}; ditched, all rescued.

Last updated: 31. July 2021


B-17 44-6442 Details

An archive document “Case R-782” lists the crew, but only 3 were rescued while 7 others have KIA status. The serial number of the B-17 is not mentioned in the document. However, the date and unit match. The MACR number is 15707 according to armyaircorpsmuseum.org.

John V. Potkalitsky Crew am 21 Januar 1945.
Source: https://etvma.org/veterans/bernard-c-chapman-10829/
B-17 #44-6442 on mission to Wintershaven Oil Storage Facilities At Vienna Austria On November 19, 1944.

B-17 44-6442 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT John V. Potkalitsky KIA
CP 2LT Melvin H. Cummings KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Thomas F. Gorman RTD
RO SGT Earl C. Poovey KIA
BT S/SGT Daniel R. Shea KIA
WG SGT Elbert F. McKinlay KIA
WG S/SGT Harold J. Whalen RTD
TG S/SGT Leroy P. Couvillion Jr. RTD
TOG S/SGT Bernard C. Chapman KIA

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