B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6463

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6463


  • RCL: R5-T

MACR: 9421 / KSU/ME/KU: 3049


History of
B-17 44-6463

Delivered Kearney 11/8/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG [R5-T] Lavenham 5/10/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Clarry Lamason, Co-pilot: Kelvin Pierce, Navigator: Ray Kathary, Bombardier: Howard McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Adams, Ball turret gunner: Gordon Sorrell, Waist gunner: Bill Lordi, Waist gunner: Bill Bauchens,Tail gunner: Dick Gruwell (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Bob Breiling (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Naherstille, SE of Eisenach, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9421.

Last updated: 20. March 2020


B-17 44-6463 Details

Eyewitness statement from MACR 9421

Aircraft was hit over target by flak, which bore a large hole in A/C behind #3 engine, and crew blew out waist windows. A/C continued under control, but three chutes came out, two opening, and the third beeing caught on the ball turret, and a man dangling from it. Plane was last seen at 5045N-1120E and traveling straight and level under complete control.


B-17 44-6463 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Clarence M. Lamason, Jr. POW
CP 2LT Kelvin H. Pierce POW
BOMB 2LT Raymond D. Kathary POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Clyde D. Adams, POW
RO S/SGT Robert C. Breiling KIA
BT S/SGT Gordon M. Sorrell POW
WG S/SGT William J. Bauchens POW
WG S/SGT William P. Lordi POW
TG S/SGT Richard R. Gruwell POW

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