B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-8220

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8220


  • RCL: XR-B

MACR: 12892


History of
B-17 44-8220

Delivered Dallas 12/7/44; Langley 7/8/44; Hunter 27/8/44; Dow Field 18/9/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [XR-B] Thorpe Abbotts as PFF 20/9/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 3/3/45 with Jack Thrasher, Cecil Baker, Lt Willis McGuire (3 Killed in Action); Chas Bayha, Gerald Rimmel, Harry Bott, Tom Browning, Albt Egsieker, Ray Muffley (6 Prisoner of War); hit by jet enemy aircraft which caught fire and snapped off after explosion, crashed Dettum, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12892.

Last updated: 20. February 2020


B-17 44-8220 Details

A/C #44-8220 was attacked by one of six jet fighters which made a pass at the formation at 1018 hours over the target just before bombs away. #1 engine was hit and burst into flames. Bomb bay doors were closed and A/C slid away to the left. The left wing crumpled and the A/C flipped over on its back and exploded. The fuselage broke at the waist door and both wings fell away. One chute was seen to leave the A/C before it exploded. Later four ethers were counted. Pilot was seen in cockpit thirtiy seconds before explosion.


B-17 44-8220 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Jack W. Thrasher KIA
CP 2LT Charles S. Bayha POW
BOMB 1LT Harry F. Bott POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Thomas C. Browning POW
RO T/SGT Albert L. Egsieker POW
WG S/SGT Raymond U. Muffley POW
TG S/SGT Cecil A. Baker KIA
RCM 1LT Willis R. McGuire KIA

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