B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6519

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6519


  • RCL: K8-F

MACR: 10175

Missions: 3


History of
B-17 44-6519

Delivered Lincoln 29/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-F] Nuthampstead 3/10/44; (3m) Missing in Action Munster 28/10/44 with Harry Connolly, Co-pilot: George Crowe, Navigator: Lew Slade, Bombardier: Roger Ericrson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Roby, Ball turret gunner: Francis Daly, Waist gunner: Milford Pinson,Tail gunner: Virgil Fuller (8 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Bill Hamor (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Nienberge, NW of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10175. [?10157].

Last updated: 22. February 2020


B-17 44-6519 Details

Witness Statements from MACR 10175

Shortly after bombs away (1430) I noticed the left wing ship of the Low element go into a slight dive. Our ship having an interphone jackbox leak I heard, over the radio, some plane say that they had been hit.

Seconds later I saw the tail of this ship explode by the waist door or slightly behind. The whole tail seemed to disentigrate, all three members of the tail assembly separating.

At this time I heard, over the radio, someone say, “there goes our tail”

As the tail came off the plane eased into a vertical dive and passed unter our wing out of view. I saw no chutes.

Harold R. Van Opdorp
2LT, Air Corps
Pilot, B17G 42-97249

I saw a 105 MM shell glance up the right side of Lt. Connolly’s fuselage just in front of the tail wheel position. About half ay up it exploded and the entire tail started to buckle and the ship started to dive at an angle of about thirty degrees. I saw no parachutes.

F/O Julius S Zlasner
Navigator, B17G 43-38836

About half minute before bombs away (1429) I saw a ship ahead of me going down. I saw no smoke but the tail secion had been blown off, and the ship locked as if it were going almost straight down. It wasn’t in a spin. I watched it for a while until it disappeared into the clouds. As far as I could see not chutes came out of the ship.

S/Sgt. John W Hunter
Togglier, B17G 43-38064



B-17 44-6519 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Harry J. Connolly KIA
CP 2LT George R. Crowe KIA
BOMB 2LT Lewis G. Slade KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT George T. Roby KIA
RO T/SGT William T. Hamor POW
BT SGT Francis A. Daly KIA
WG S/SGT Milford C. Pinson KIA
TG SGT Virgil L. Fuller KIA

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