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B-17 #42-29750 / Ramblin’ Rebel aka Rebel’s Revenge

42-29750 / Ramblin’ Rebel aka Rebel’s Revenge

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Smoky Hill 19/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 16/4/43 RAMBLIN’ REBEL Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-L] Bassingbourn 24/8/43; Missing in Action 4m Emden 27/9/43 with John Perritt*, Co-pilot: Gene Hill, Navigator: Frank Rolfe*, Ball turret gunner: Bill Golden, Waist gunner: Jim Sample, Waist gunner: Chas Oliver, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Stokes,Tail gunner: Ray Sell (8KIA -* bodies recovered next day, rest never found), Bombardier: Dick Hull, Radio Operator: Edgar Fetty (2 Prisoner of War); shot down by enemy aircraft crashed sea off Langeoog Is, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 668. REBEL’S REVENGE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38437


Delivered Cheyenne 6/8/44; Hunter 12/8/44; Grenier 30/8/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-S] 2/9/44; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with Ed Hansen, plus?; crashed near Rochester A/fd, Kent, UK; 1WIA; Salvaged 11/2/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30346


Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Smoky Hill 31/5/43; Dyersburg 27/6/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Presque Is 31/7/43; Assigned 419BS/301BG St Donat 3/7/43; Oudna 6/8/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; {15m} Salvaged 31/3/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-583


Delivered Salt Lake City 7-Sep-40; Assigned 9BS/7BG Selfridge Field, damaged in taxi accident 24-Feb-41; Scott 24-Jul-43 to Warner-Robins; with Ed Lundberg force landed Myrtle Beach, SC 7-Oct-43; with Ed Lundberg crash landed Dale Marbry Field, FL 4-Dec-43; Written off 6-Dec-43. Never used in combat, never served in the UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30347 / Miss Ponnie

42-30347 / Miss Ponnie

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Morrison 9/6/43; Assigned 419BS/301BG St Donat 3/7/43; Oudna 6/8/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action {98m} Wollersdorf 29/5/44 with Tom Phillips, Co-pilot: George Gaudaen, Navigator: Chas Hahn, Bombardier: Rex McElmurry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Helf, Radio Operator: Bob Zimmerman, Ball turret gunner: Dan Behre, Waist gunner: Warren Haskin, Waist gunner: Bill Ogle,Tail gunner: Chas Seall (10 Prisoner of War); mech problem, crashed Vebelbach; Missing Air Crew Report 5445.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102598 / Super Rabbit

42-102598 / Super Rabbit

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 30/4/44; on return from Merseburg 28/7/44 with Jim Ransom, Co-pilot: Keith Lamb, Navigator: Francis Waldman, Bombardier: Jim Wood, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reg Felce, Radio Operator: E.P. Schmitt, Ball turret gunner: Leo Wargin, Waist gunner: Carl Alben,Tail gunner: Bill Bywaters. (9 Returned to Duty); cp turned off landing gear in error; Salvaged 30/7/44. SUPER RABBIT.

B-17 #41-24504 / Taurus aka The Sad Sack

41-24504 / Taurus aka The Sad Sack

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-D] Bangor 30/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; battle damaged Ludwigshafen 22/3/43 with Chas Cliburn, who brought her back to crash landed RAF Lt Horwood, (10 Returned to Duty); 42m Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; en route from from UK to Dallas, US, 3/5/44 with Bob Lewis, Co-pilot: Bill Gates, Navigator: Wes Cofer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Howe, Radio Operator: Bob Knap, pass:- Capt Gerald Carverinj, Lts Emmett Gilbert (inj), Hugh Midgett, Bob Connor, Jack Compf, Dan Teschworth (11 Returned to Duty); power failure caused force landed two miles W of Kraffi, Ivory Coast 3/5/44; repaired and Returned to the USA for war bond tour. TAURUS aka THE SAD SACK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-269


Delivered Wright Field 19-Jan-41; Sebring, Florida 20-Jun-42; force landed base with Weldon Holmes 10-Oct-42; Written off 1-Dec-42. Never used in combat, never served in the UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31862


Delivered Denver 28/12/43; Lakeland 16/1/44; Morrison 15/2/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 21/2/44; battle damaged Blechhammer, Ger 7/7/44 with Thompson; crash landed base, Salvaged 11/7/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102611 / Boss Lady

42-102611 / Boss Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 19/4/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-E] Thorpe Abbotts 22/4/44; Missing in Action practice mission 27/6/44 with John Donaldson, Co-pilot: Gail Campbell, Navigator: Gene O’Connell, Bombardier: Hugh McKeniff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Cain, Radio Operator: Stan Sider, Ball turret gunner: Jose Trujillo, Waist gunner: Bill Couch, Waist gunner: Dave Gustafson,Tail gunner: Arthur Myers (10 Killed in Service); no trace, crashed North Sea ?; Missing Air Crew Report 6993. BOSS LADY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37915


Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Gt Falls 13/7/44; Hunter 20/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 11/8/44; transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 12/8/44; battle damaged Operation Frantic VII (Warsaw supply drop) 18/9/44 with ? ; force landed Russia, sal 18/5/45; (?battle damaged over Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Gilbert Meneley, Co-pilot: Frank Wike, Navigator: Bill Lamebert, togg-Bern Mulcakey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Johnson, Radio Operator: Harry O’Connell, Ball turret gunner: Walt Arnold; Waist gunner: Bill Listen,Tail gunner: Lloyd Smith (9 Returned to Duty); flak KOd #1 and #2, force landed at P-47 base in Belgium, return to base via a repaired B-17; SWEET STUFF.?)

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-268


Delivered March Field 7-Jul-40; Amarillo 7-Aug-43; Written off Jun-43. Never served in combat, never served in UK.

B-17 #42-5845 / Whale Tail II

42-5845 / Whale Tail II

Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Capt Dave Kunkel Sq CO, Capt George Shackley Ops off, Elton Jukes ass Ops off, Paul Stull eng off, Bill Dailey S-2 off, M/Sgt Percy Casey line chief, M/Sgt Marc Blanchette comm chief, Lee Williams inst spec, S/Sgt Rogelio Valdez pers clk, Lt Jack Firestone nav; received battle damaged on 6/9/43 Stuttgart with Dexter Lishon and force landed Peasemarsh, Sussex, UK; repaired & ret to unit; Missing in Action 13+m Bremen 20/12/43 with Leo Canelake, Co-pilot: Harry Johnson, Navigator: Jesse Boston, Bombardier: Max Cisek, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul McDonald, Radio Operator: Tony Hernandez, Ball turret gunner: John Avrett, Waist gunner: Rich Brown, Waist gunner: Tom Phillips,Tail gunner: Francis Belgrasch (10 Killed in Action); flak, ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 1724. WHALETAIL II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102934 / Got To Do It

42-102934 / Got To Do It

Delivered Cheyenne 19/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-W] Thorpe Abbotts 16/5/44; t/o on mission but ran out of gas 11/7/44 with Henry Rosine, Co-pilot: Rich Leaman, Navigator: Floyd Hartman, Bombardier: Ed Kenna, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Dear, Radio Operator: Rich Haines, Ball turret gunner: Ramon Rodreques, Waist gunner: Benoit Mailoux,Tail gunner: Carl Coleman (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Lt Bentley Hall, Sfk. UK. Salvaged 13/7/44. (not painted)GOT TO DO IT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6199


Delivered Tulsa 2/6/44; Hunter 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 816BS/483BG Sterparone 14/7/44; Missing in Action Vienna 21/1/45 with Vic Prescott, Grimm, Bratlie, Santiago, Boraten, Gray, Foster, Caspar, Crandall, Shepherd (10 evaded capture – ret. 13/2/45); mech failure, crashed Kiskumajsa; Missing Air Crew Report 11539.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-267


Delivered March Field 7-Feb-40; Assigned Langley Fd, with Gene Zadontseff, transferred too Spokane, crashed two miles NE Geiger Fd, WA 17-Dec-41; Written off 6-Mar-42. Never used in combat, never served in UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8022


Delivered Dallas 16/5/44; Langley 28/6/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned PFF 325BS/92BG [NV-H] Horham 26/7/44; Battle damaged Merzhausen 24/12/44 with Joe McConnell, Frank Purtzer, Terry Sayko, Leo LaBonte, Alf Greco, John Carvello (6 Returned to Duty); Tony Piekarz, John Booth, Harry Paske (3 Killed in Action); crash landed Ohey?, continent. Salvaged 6/1/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-37823


Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Hunter 5/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-V] Thorpe Abbotts 17/6/44; battle damaged Bohlen 11/9/44 with Ferdinand Herres, Co-pilot: Ed Fehrenkamp, Navigator: Alvin Ringhofer, Bombardier: Burroughs Conover, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Morrow, Radio Operator: Bob Mulgrew, Ball turret gunner: Duell Barnes, Waist gunner: Nester Nesser,Tail gunner: Andy Main (9RTD with minor injuries); engine caught fire and pilot crash landed Harty Ferry on Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK. Salvaged 12/9/44. NOW AN’ THEN.

B-17 #42-3134 / Midway

42-3134 / Midway

Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; Presque Is 20/4/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Alconbury 23/5/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8th FC 29/1/44; 381BG RR aircraft Ridgewell 6/3/44; 838BS/487BG RR aircraft Lavenham 17/7/44; Salvaged 14/6/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-262


Delivered Langley 7-Dec-39; with Dale Smith force landed Wright Fd, OH 3-Oct-41; Hendricks Field, Sebring 13-Jun-42, crashed 19 miles south of base with Joe Christoph 2-Apr-43; Written off 26-Apr-43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107024


Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/3/44; Missing in Action Sottevast 28/4/44 with Col Bob Kelly[Gp CO], Co-pilot: Capt Bill Lakin, Navigator: Capt Joe Payne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Brown, Waist gunner: John Spiker, obs-T/Sgt Delbert Barnhart{Fighter Gp} (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Maurice Cain, Radio Operator: Leo Cannon, Ball turret gunner: Albt Freitas,Tail gunner: Lt Herb Alf (5 Prisoner of War); two flak hits in nose, crashed Croix Jacob, S of Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4234.

B-17 #42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

42-31935 / Stark’s Ark

Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-A] Framlingham 10/2/44; Missing in Action (4m) Berlin 6/3/44 with Bob Starks, Navigator: Chas Stitzer, Bombardier: Bob Collins (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Edwin Kirschner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Brown, Radio Operator: Glen Murray, Ball turret gunner: John Carr, Waist gunner: Stan Pasovitch, Waist gunner: Steve Sozanski,Tail gunner: Placido Sanchez (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, setting #2 and wing on fire crashed two miles SW of Hemmelte, SW of Cloppenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2989. STARK’S ARK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107011 / Shining Hour

42-107011 / Shining Hour

Delivered Tulsa 25/1/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-T] Thorpe Abbotts 7/3/44; on mission to Laon-Athis 8/5/44 with Burdette Williams the ship was hit by bomb from above aircraft which killedTail gunner: Ray Cohen 8/5/44, rest RTD; Missing in Action Politiz 29/5/44 with Burdette Williams, Navigator: Walt Pickett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon TrickerWounded in Action, Radio Operator: Melvin Evans, Ball turret gunner: Larry Boyer, Waist gunner: Elry Yaroch (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ellie Nesmith, Bombardier: Vernon Breazeale, Waist gunner: Willard Goos drowned after bailing out,Tail gunner: Lyle Nord (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Torgau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5237 & 4214. SHINING HOUR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29802 / Ruthie II

42-29802 / Ruthie II

Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Tinker 10/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-C] Alconbury 3/4/43; mission to Hamburg 26/7/43 with Bob Campbell [severely wia], Co-pilot: John Morgan, Navigator: Keith Koske, Bombardier: Asa Irwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tyre Weaver[wia], Radio Operator: , Ball turret gunner: Jim Ford, rest-?; force landed RAF Foulsham; rep, Podington 11/9/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 19/9/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA 27/4/44; Spokane 6/12/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 30/7/45. RUTHIE II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-106986 / Sack Artist

42-106986 / Sack Artist

Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/44; MacDill 23/1/44; Grenier 5/2/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-B] Thorpe Abbotts 28/2/44; Missing in Action Weisbaden 10/11/44 with John Lundquist, Willis Dickerman, Don Meston, Irving Wells, John Williamson, Jack Moore, Jim Raynor, Ivan Hunter (8 Prisoner of War); Jim Goss (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Weisbaden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10356. SACK ARTIST (npo).