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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29901

42-29901

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned: 526BS/379BG [LF-K] Kimbolton 22/4/43; MIA Nantes 16/9/43 Pilot: Walt Euwer, Co-Pilot: Len Brown, Navigator: Sten Evans, Bombardier: Ed Connolly, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Lou Hamilton, Tail Gunner: Cliff Hart (6KIA-all found in wreckage); Radio Operator: Sam Blatchford, Ball Turret Gunner: Elmer Schroeder, Waist Gunner: Alf Held, Waist Gunner: Cyril Koval (4EVD); hit by bomb from above, crashed Redon, near Rennes, Fr. MACR 1347.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29502 / Big Time Operator

42-29502 / Big Time Operator

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 31/1/43; Assigned 416BS/99BG Navarin 20/2/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged 27/7/43 with Henderson, Imrie, Coen, Bulkley, Shelnutt, Buxton, Swanson, Litwalk, McDonald, Book, Blackburn; crash landed Bone, Alg; Missing in Action Toulon 24/11/43 with Silas Adams, Malboef, Reed, Delsman, Gocek, Shattuck, Kahler, Vargo, Lahti, Oshin; crashed Mediterranean Sea, eight chutes seen and life-rafts dropped. Missing Air Crew Report 1308. BIG TIME OPERATOR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29490 / Axis Ass-Ache

42-29490 / Axis Ass-Ache

Delivered Cheyenne 22/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; DeRidder 31/1/43; Morrison 4/2/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG Navarin 20/2/43; battle damaged Terni 14/10/43 with Wardwell, Campbell [brought aircraft home {64m}], Kimball, Stevens, Schultz, Higgins, Skillicorn, Gerside, Foster, Alumbaugh; Oudna 4/8/43; crash landed Sardinia 8/11/43 ex-Turin with Carson, Jamieson [brought aircraft home]; O’Connell, Rahe, Vance, Riley, Emond, Dobbs, Mohney, Weide all bailed OK return 10/11/43. Written off. AXIS ASS-ACHE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38658

43-38658

Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-A] Nuthampstead 3/10/44; battle damaged Neumunster 13/4/45 with Hernden; AOC 16/4/45; Salvaged 5 SAD Merville, Fr.

B-17 #42-31634 / Texas Chubby – The J’ville Jolter

42-31634 / Texas Chubby – The J’ville Jolter

Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Portland 3/12/43; Boise 5/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Ft Wayne 25/12/43; Grenier 27/12/43; Presque Is 3/1/44; Assigned: 322BS/91BG [LG-O] Bassingbourn 23/1/44; MIA {50m} Halle 16/8/44 Pilot: Halstead Sherrill, Co-Pilot: Bill Gilligan, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Vernon Bauerline, Ball Turret Gunner: Enrique Perez, Waist Gunner: Joe Morrison (5KIA); Navigator: Bill Porter, Bombardier: Nick Weber, Radio Operator: Dick Munkwitz, Tail Gunner: Chester Mis (4POW); Enemy aircraft riddled fuselage, exploded and crashed Kichenberg, Germany. MACR 8184. TEXAS CHUBBY – THE J’VILLE JOLTER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38545

43-38545

Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Topeka 25/8/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; 324BS; battle damaged Merseburg 21/11/44 with Harry DeBolt, Osborne Stone, Bill Dominguez, Dick Cusson, Troy Young, John Alba, Granville Houchins, Chas Walker, Nelson Richardson (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed Belgium; Salvaged 28/11/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97632

42-97632

Delivered Denver 12/1/44; 1SAG Langley 6/2/44; Grenier 14/3/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-R] Bassingbourn 27/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Frank Adams, Col Marvin D.Lord ex-381BG, Art Ebarb, Stan Sweitzer ex nav, Nando Cavalien, Dave Mccall, J.P. Holbrook, George Zenz, Lt Don Shoemaker [tg, Lt Norman Whelan radar nav (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Berlin; Missing Air Crew Report 12232.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6157

44-6157

Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Dow Fd 9/6/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-W] Nuthampstead 19/6/44; transferred 92BG Podington 7/5/45; re-ass back to 398BG Nuthampstead 12/5/45; no more ops, RAF Valley 1/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/44; Sth Plains 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45. LEAPIN’ LIZZ. {last 398BG ship to take off on mission}.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97879

42-97879

Delivered Tulsa 23/3/44; 88BG Hunter 18/5/44; Grenier 6/6/44; Assigned: 324BS/91BG [DF-E] Bassingbourn 15/6/44; MIA Chartres A/fd 1/8/44 Pilot: Art Stevens, Gordon Dixon, Tom Schuerell, Eldred Baskin, Gordon Carrell, John Leszkowicz, Paul Taliaferro (8KIA); Larry Doyle (POW); flak, crashed Chartres, Fr; MACR 5981 & 7807.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97594 / Dry Gulcher

42-97594 / Dry Gulcher

Delivered Denver 31/12/43; Salt Lake City 4/1/44; 1SAG Langley 25/1/44; Presque Is 27/2/44; Assigned: 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; Transferred: 532BS/381BG [VE-B] Ridgewell 5/7/44; crash: takeoff for Peenemunde, at Shalford, Ex. UK 4/8/44 Pilot: George Hanley Cuppernall, Co-Pilot: Capt Irving Moore, Navigator: Russ Radley, Bombardier: Chas Young, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Earl Yankton, Radio Operator: Frank Heinze, obs-Capt Francis Hawkins, Waist Gunner: Loren Murphy, Waist Gunner: Lt Jim Sneed (9RTD), Tail Gunner: Harry Norris (KIA), of the rest only Heinze & Murphy not wia; Salvaged. 5/8/44. DRY GULCHER.

B-17 #42-30026 / Battle Wagon

42-30026 / Battle Wagon

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/4/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG as BATTLE WAGON but not to UK; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-J] 29/5/43; Returned to the USA 13/7/43; 4100 BU Patterson 31/7/43; 4000 BU Patterson 5/12/43; 326 BU MacDill 15/5/44; 4006 BU Miami 28/6/44; 4000 BU Wright 9/9/44; 4117 BU Robins 12/9/45; Assigned 6AF Caribbean 27/9/45; Recl Comp 7/3/48. 

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6083 / Betsy Boss

44-6083 / Betsy Boss

Delivered Tulsa 16/4/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-V] Nuthampstead 26/5/44; battle damaged Cologne 17/10/44 with Powell; force landed Berlare, Bel; then to Salvaged by 8AF Service Command 19/10/44. BETSY ROSS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5247

42-5247

Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Wendover 7/2/43; Tinker 27/5/43; Dyersburg 12/7/43; Dalhart 15/8/43; 4200 BU Chicago Mun. Apt 17/6/44; 504BG Fairmont 19/6/43; 241 BU Fairmont 6/8/44; 249 BU Alliance 11/10/44; 223 BU Dyersburg 10/2/45; 330 BU Dyersburg 1/3/45; 325 BU Avon Park 14/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 28/7/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5246

42-5246

Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; Salina 9/2/43; Presque Is 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/6/43; Topeka 3/7/43; with Steve Krupinski force landed Gt Bend, KS 16/1/44; with Alex Bonner force landed Adams Fd, AR 5/8/44; 243 BU Gt Bend 16/8/44; 581 BU Adams 1/9/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 25/6/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5245

42-5245

Delivered Tulsa 23/10/42; West Palm Beach 15/12/42; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 12/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; Missing in Action Foggia 25/8/43 with Bill Light, Elliott, Woods, Mansor, Edwards, Kohlreiser, Mayer, Cook, Horeanopoulos, Laboyteaux (10RTD?); flak, ditched; Missing Air Crew Report 482.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5244

42-5244

Delivered Tulsa 22/10/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned Glen 12AF 27/1/43.

B-17 #43-39242 / Linn County Express

43-39242 / Linn County Express

Delivered Hunter 15/1/45; Grenier 31/1/45; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-F] Nuthampstead 4/3/45; RAF Valley 2/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. LINN COUNTY EXPRESS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9157 / Hel-en-Wings

41-9157 / Hel-en-Wings

Delivered SAAD 2/5/42; Langley 25/5/42; Olmstead 17/2/43; transferred 19AF (42BS/11BG ?) Occident 29/4/43; Mitchell 8/6/43; 204 BU Smoky Hill 13/6/43; 244 BU Harvard 28/7/43; 610 BU Eglin 22/12/43; Recl Comp 31/10/45. HEL-EN-WINGS

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85704

44-85704

Delivered Louisville 5/5/45; Syracuse 4/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 6/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6834

44-6834

Delivered Hunter 23/11/44; Dow Fd 31/5/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-H] Nuthampstead 17/1/45; repaired Missing in Action 2/3/45 with Oden, AOC {A-70} 4/3/45; then re-ass from 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 23/4/45; RAF Valley 26/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 31/5/45; Sth Plains 3/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85703

44-85703

Delivered Louisville 5/5/45; Syracuse 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 7/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85701

44-85701

Delivered Louisville 3/5/45; Syracuse 5/6/45; 593 BU Charleston 28/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 5/11/45.

B-17 #42-29923 / Pappy’s Hellions III aka The Lucky Strike

42-29923 / Pappy’s Hellions III aka The Lucky Strike

Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 28/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-K] Chelveston 18/5/43 PAPPY’S HELLIONS III; Transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-K] Ridgewell 11/9/43; battle damaged 2m Keil 4/1/44 with Rowland Evans, Co-pilot: Everett Scarborough, Navigator: Marion Harkness, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Sasson WIS, Radio Operator: Melvin Samuels, Waist gunner: Julius Vargo WIS, Waist gunner: Delbert Rasey WIS, Tail gunner: Hoyt Burckhalter (8 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Irving Kraut, Ball turret gunner: Julius Rivera 2 KIS – both skull fractures; short of gas and crash landed Church Farm, Cawston, Nfk; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 5/1/44; Salvaged 7/1/44. LUCKY STRIKE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8986

44-8986

Delivered Louisville 23/2/45; Hunter 27/2/45; Grenier 29/3/45; Assigned 8AF 1/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; Eglin 18/1/46; 3502 BU Chanute 30/9/46; re-ass 31/3/37; 2621 BU Barksdale 18/9/47; 3502 BU Chanute 18/1/48; 4117 BU Robins 4/3/48; Recl Comp 31/3/49.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6896

44-6896

Delivered Hunter 12/12/44; Grenier 3/1/45; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-M] Nuthampstead 27/2/45; taxi accident with John McGraw 4/5/45; RAF Valley 21/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/5/45; Sth Plains 29/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/12/45.