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.

B-17 44-8220 Details

The aircraft was attacked by one of six enemy jet fighters which made a pass at the formation at 1018 hours over the target just before bombs away. The #1 engine was hit and burst into flames. Bomb bay doors were closed and the aircraft slid away to the left. The left wing was shot off and the aircraft flipped over on its back and exploded. The fuselage broke at the waist door and both wings fell away.


B-17 44-8220 Crew

P2LTJack W. ThrasherKIA
CP2LTCharles S. BayhaPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTThomas C. BrowningPOW
ROT/SGTAlbert L. EgsiekerPOW
WGS/SGTRaymond U. MuffleyPOW
TGS/SGTCecil A. BakerKIA
RCM1LTWillis R. McGuireKIA

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