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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3531

42-3531

Delivered Denver 21/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-N] Molesworth 9/9/43; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-N] Chelveston 17/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Harry Elliott, Co-pilot: Shelby Pitts, Navigator: Arnold Hunger, Bombardier: Bill Staub, Ball turret gunner: Ken Mahood, Waist gunner: Jim Stiles, Waist gunner: Ed Matte,Tail gunner: Larry Mize (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Mandell, Radio Operator: Ray Poirier (2 Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Winschoterdiep, Zuidbroek, Hol,, Missing Air Crew Report 1572.

B-17 #42-97458

42-97458

Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Wendover 7/12/43; Assigned 457BG [N] Glatton 27/1/44; battle damaged Augsburg 25/2/44 with Ed Repps, Co-pilot: Aaron Ayers, Navigator: Bob Jackson, Bombardier: George Stateman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Steve Billisits, Radio Operator: Francis Boyson, Ball turret gunner: Chas Mehring, Waist gunner: Irving Feldman, Waist gunner: John Harmke,Tail gunner: Ivan Browning (10 Returned to Duty); on return crash landed RAF Detling, near Headcorn, Kent; repaired & ret 29/2/44; force landed continent 10/9/44, Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24381 / Panama Hattie aka Well Goddam

41-24381 / Panama Hattie aka Well Goddam

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Charlesville, Aus 30/7/42; Torrens Creek, Aus 27/8/42; Iron Range, Aus 17/10/42; Milne Bay, NG 23/11/42; Mareeba, Aus 21/1/43; Port Moresby, NG 11/5/43; transferred 54TCW Port Moresby 11/43; Written off 10/4/47, but scrapped at Clark Field, Phillipines 7/48. PANAMA HATTIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38604

43-38604

Delivered Cheyenne 23/8/44; Lincoln 3/9/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-H] Molesworth 24/9/44; Missing in Action Cologne 15/10/44 with Ed Gaines, Art Bergeron, Harrison Beder, Glenn Fragasso, Elmo Tisdale, Jim Heffran, Jim Shrader (7 Killed in Action); Lucien Lawson and Ray Tartaglia (2 Prisoner of Wars); Flak, crashed Cologne; Missing Air Crew Report 9472.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31224 / Hell in the Heavens

42-31224 / Hell in the Heavens

Delivered Boeing 7/10/43; Wright Fd Mat Com 19/10/43; Memphis 28/11/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 13/1/44; Missing in Action Weisbaden 15/8/44 with Sam Smithy, Co-pilot: Erny Boat, Navigator: Lansing Joralemon, Bombardier: Bob Klein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Fischer (5POW-all found in wreckage); Radio Operator: Archie Snoddy, Ball turret gunner: Roman Politylo, Waist gunner: Juan Bazo-Fontaneil,Tail gunner: Walt Bieranoski 4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Adenau, W of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8169. HELEN HEAVEN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31739 / Pugnacious Peter

42-31739 / Pugnacious Peter

Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gr Island 27/12/43; Presque Is 29/1/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-P] Molesworth 15/2/44; Missing in Action Koblenz 11/10/44 with Ernie Price, Chas Thomas, Leon Patillo, Fred Creel, Bill Noel, Mike Postek, Ray Cole, John Reed, Paul Bilchak (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wesseling, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9563. PUGNACIOUS PETER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31432 / Old Glory

42-31432 / Old Glory

Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/1/44. Missing in Action (46m) NW France A/Fds 22/6/44 with: 8 Killed in Action: Pilot, Dale Fisher; Co-pilot, Carlos Johns; Navigator, Carl Felton; Bombardier, Carthel Gaskin; Flight engineer/top turret gunner, John King; Ball turret gunner: Bernie McKeever; Waist gunner, Vic Crande; Tail gunner, Bob Cooper. Radio Operator, Bob Johnson, evaded capture. Flak hit in #3 followed by explosion, crashed Pont-a-Tressin, near Lille, France. Missing Air Crew Report 6541. OLD GLORY.

B-17 #43-37975 / Just F/O 20%

43-37975 / Just F/O 20%

Delivered Cheyenne 12/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG [R5-A] Lavenham 8/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38442

43-38442

Delivered Cheyenne 3/8/44; Lincoln 16/8/44; Dow Fd 31/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 2/9/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/11/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6076 / Liberty Run

44-6076 / Liberty Run

Delivered Tulsa 23/4/44; Hunter 5/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Y] Molesworth 28/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 13/9/44 with Lew Walker, Co-pilot: Joe Doyle, Waist gunner: Henry Mathis (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carl Nielson, Bombardier: Don Beers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Sublett, Radio Operator: Albt Lunday, Ball turret gunner: Walt Hundley,Tail gunner: Art Reckert (6 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Gestocke, SW of Kassel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8822. LIBERTY RUN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24358 / Lulu Belle

41-24358 / Lulu Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Charlesville, Aus 31/7/42; Torrens Creek, Aus 27/8/42; Iron Range, Aus 17/10/42; Milne Bay, NG 11/5/43; Dobodura, NG 13/12/43; Nadzab, NG 12/3/44; last mission 17/10/43 then transferred 54TCW at Garbutt, Qld, then as staff transport/hack for 5AF HQ at Nadzab, NG when war weary. Written off Manila, Salvaged 13/9/45. LULU BELLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85534

44-85534

Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/45; Hunter 20/3/45; Grenier 30/3/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 10/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; Sth Plains 25/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31848

42-31848

Delivered Cheyenne 21/12/43; Oklahoma City 12/1/44; Birmingham 14/1/44; Savannah 16/1/44; Morrison 26/1/44; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 1/2/44; {14m} transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; Missing in Action Parma 6/7/44 with Bill Runyan, Co-pilot: Ray Haug, Bombardier: Curtis Pfaff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Miller, Ball turret gunner: Louis Rodriguez, Ball turret gunner: Harry Goulet, Waist gunner: Chas Brouwer-Anchor,Tail gunner: Harry Smith (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill McIlhargie, Radio Operator: Paul Olexo[wia] (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, ship exploded, three chutes seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; Missing Air Crew Report 6376.

B-17 #42-102595 / Little Tush

42-102595 / Little Tush

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Grenier 1/5/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-L] Molesworth 6/6/44; on return from Metz 14/8/44 with Austin Caplinger, Co-pilot: Don Spruner, Navigator: Edwin Katz, Bombardier: Stan Bober, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Toth, Radio Operator: Phil Mittell, Ball turret gunner: Carroll Jacobs, Waist gunner: Andy Olds,Tail gunner: Theo Holden (9 Returned to Duty); brakes failed while taxying to dispersal, and hit a hangar knocking outer right wing panel off; Salvaged 15/8/44. LITTLE FLUSH.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24356 / Ka Puhio Wela aka Double Trouble

41-24356 / Ka Puhio Wela aka Double Trouble

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Charlesville, Aus. 21/8/42; Torrens Creek, Aus. 27/8/42; Iron Range, Aus. 17/10/42; Milne Bay, NG 23/11/42; Missing in Action shot down when in Battle of Bismark Sea 3/3/43 with Woodrow W. Moore, the crew being strafed in their chutes. KA-PUHIO-WELA aka DOUBLE TROUBLE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102960

42-102960

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 6/6/44; Missing in Action Creil, Fr., 23/7/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theron Hayes, Radio Operator: Edwin Stemmie, Ball turret gunner: Jim Gross, Waist gunner: Stan Lloyd,Tail gunner: Jim Caperton (9 Returned to Duty); ran out of gas on return, ditched Channel off Selsey Bill, Sussex, all rescued by ASR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38200

43-38200

Delivered Cheyenne 6/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-E] Molesworth 16/8/44; Missing in Action Wesseling, Ger 11/10/44 with Truman Lord, Clifton Phillips, Art Ruiz, Bernie Winiger, Earl Hatfield, Armin Weiss (6 Killed in Action); Arvid Anderson, Bob Brown, Bill Ferguson (3 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wesseling, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9564. Salvaged 25/2/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8137

44-8137

Delivered Dallas 18/6/44; Langley 23/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-Z] Molesworth 26/8/44; Missing in Action Aschaffenburg 21/1/45 with Dick Duffield, Dick Cambron, Gene Shipp, Tom Wilson, Ray Levine, Don Christ, Phil Hensel, John Elliott, Ray White (9 Killed in Action); Jim Flemmons (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Rottweil, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11759.

B-17 #42-97058 / Scorchy II

42-97058 / Scorchy II

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 27/2/44; Assigned: 27 March 1944 – 8th AF / 1st AD / 41st CBW / 303rd BG / 359BS – (RAF Molesworth) Missing in Action: 21 January 1945 (Mid-air collision) Rottwel, Germany. 9 KIA, 1 POW (MACR 11760) Dick Tasker, Angelito Francis, Clyde Meadows, John McDonnell, Bill Toon, Bruce Hinnershots, Paul Kapczinski, Chas Van Ornum, Carl Hurlbutt (9 Killed in Action); Art Driver (Prisoner of War).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24355 / Dinah Might

41-24355 / Dinah Might

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/42; Assigned 63BS/43BG Charlesville, Aus. 23/7/42; Torrens Creek, Aus. 27/8/42; Iron Range, Aus. 17/10/42; Milne Bay, NG 23/11/42; returned to 435BS/19BG Mareeba, Aus 21/1/43; with Chas Giddings force landed Jackson Fd, PNG 17/4/43 sustaining tail damage; rep, transferred 64BS/435BG, but taxied into ditch and Cat E. 16/9/43, Written off 21/9/43. DINAH-MIGHT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31815

42-31815

Delivered Cheyenne 25/12/43; Savannah 10/1/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 25/1/44; {14m} transferred 49BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; Returned to the USA 301 BU Drew 25/11/44; 326 BU MacDill 20/2/46; with Rich McCann force landed MacDill 1/6/46; Recl Comp 30/10/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6166 / The Red – Red Ass, The Devil Himself

44-6166 / The Red – Red Ass, The Devil Himself

Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 5/6/44; Assigned 327BS/303BG [GN-V] Molesworth 5/7/44; Missing in Action Germersheim 13/1/45 with Jack Rose, T.J. Cornyn, Bill McMahon, John Nazarian, Blake Dyson, Joe Scaglione, Lynn Brinkley, Clyde Cottle, Lloyd Hester, Warren Yates {VI – voice interpreter} (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Pirmasens, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11572. THE RED – RED ASS, THE DEVIL HIMSELF.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3398 / Mrs Satan, The Quee Of Hell

42-3398 / Mrs Satan, The Quee Of Hell

Delivered Denver 5/6/43; Dow Fd 14/7/43; Assigned 12AF 16/7/43; Returned to the USA Tinker 24/7/43; 358BS/303BG [VK-Q] Molesworth 1/8/43; 813BS/482BG [PC-Q] Alconbury with HSC radar scanner fitted 2/8/43; Ferry Comm 20/5/44; Returned to the USA Okmulgeee 24/7/43; Eglin 18/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/1/46. MRS SATAN, THE QUEEN OF HELL. (Last B-17F to fly a 303rd mission, 12/5/44.)

B-17 #42-38140 / ETO Happy aka Pregnant Goose aka Dolly’s Daughter

42-38140 / ETO Happy aka Pregnant Goose aka Dolly’s Daughter

Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W], later to 336BG; 1st mission 22/2/44 and last 8/4/45 with Harold Hanson Wounded in Action; 104m, Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 12/11/45. ETO HAPPY aka PREGNANT GOOSE aka DOLLY’S DAUGHTER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-32053

42-32053

Delivered Cheyenne 19/1/44; St Louis 2/2/44; MacDill 5/2/44; Morrison 9/3/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Tortorella 14/1/44; transferred 49BS/2BG Amendola 31/3/44; Missing in Action {27m} Budapest 27/6/44 with Dick Korb, Co-pilot: Alf Larsen(chute caught fire on way out), Navigator: Casimir Blaska, Bombardier: Jim Fleming, Radio Operator: Burl Kessel, Waist gunner: Thaddeus Thomas, Waist gunner: Henry Rappe,Tail gunner: Thaddeus Krent (8 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Malcolm Treadway, Ball turret gunner: Bill Bair (2 Prisoner of War); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed Budapest, five chutes seen; Missing Air Crew Report 6428.