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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97243

42-97243

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-O] Podington 23/3/44; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Chas Easley, Co-pilot: Joe Pagenkopf, Navigator: Bill Husted, Bombardier: Earl Gauthier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Basil Seymore, Radio Operator: Wilbur Chambers, Ball turret gunner: Jack Guy, Waist gunner: Herman Tushka, Waist gunner: Ken Gibbons,Tail gunner: Ismael Yturralde (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed in wood near Ravenstein near Stargard, E of Stettin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3674.

B-17 #42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

42-31060 / Poque Ma Hone

B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed “Poque Ma Hone” or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!) Reported as Missing in Action while on bombing mission to synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany on 9 February 1945. After colliding with #43-39149 (No Name), piloted by 2Lt. Robert J. Barrat, “Poque Ma Hone” tried to make its way to Allied controlled territory in Poland. It crashed near the village of Jaraczewo (south-east of Poznan). Salvaged n/battle damaged. From a crew of nine, 5 were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 became a Prisoner of War (POW) and 3 Returned to Duty (RTD). Alf Nemer, Odus Litzelfelner, Pete Volpini, Marion Canfield, Floyd Doherty were Killed in Action); Floyd Bohrer became a Prisoner of War; Henry Schulz, Howard Ganson and Paul Kerr Returned to Duty; See Missing Air Crew Report 12245.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-39149

43-39149

Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George Emerson (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with B-17 over Allied territory, Missing Air Crew Report 12229

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102577 / Bouncin’ Annie

42-102577 / Bouncin’ Annie

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 1/4/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-O] Rougham 10/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Wesley Peterson, Edwin Rieser, Roland Slay (3 Prisoner of War); Nubar Garabodian, Joe Butcher, John Padget, Ed Wirtel, Joe Failla, Jim Azer (6 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, hit between #3 & #4, then exploded and crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10307. BOUNCIN’ ANNIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31250 / Mag The Hag II

42-31250 / Mag The Hag II

Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/43; Gr Island 19/10/43; Wilmington 29/10/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-B] Podington 2/12/43; Missing in Action Sth Germany oil 13/9/43 with Harry Eck, Co-pilot: Clyde Wren, Navigator: John Sauer, Bombardier: Emil Wasilewski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cliff Keaney, Radio Operator: John Hogan, Ball turret gunner: John Bono,Tail gunner: Tom Deitman (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: George Clark (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed on railway at Neustadt/Werra near Gerstungen, E of Eisenach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8882. MAG THE HAG II. (THE 2nd)

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38180

42-38180

Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Albuquerque 8/1/44; at Lowry Fd 28/6/45 crash landed with Dave Brennan; 3705 BU Lowry 10/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/46.

B-17 #42-31934 / Marie Helena

42-31934 / Marie Helena

Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 15/1/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D-Q] Deopham Green 4/2/44; Damaged over Rouen 8/7/44; with Bob Smith (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: John Morales (Wounded in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wilfrid Cunningham, Radio Operator: John Kayes (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Jack Lodwig, Waist gunner: Everett O’Malley, Waist gunner: Don Tucker,Tail gunner: Bill Lorig (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Joe Beauregard, Navigator: John Thomsen (2 Killed in Action); Two engines out and radio, force landed on US fighter strip in France; was eventually repaired and back to UK base; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 25/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/11/45. Missing Air Crew Report ?. MARIE HELENA.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6493

44-6493

Delivered Lincoln 19/8/44, left 29/8/44 with Bob Storz for ?

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30780 / Eager Eagle II

42-30780 / Eager Eagle II

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Geiger 9/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-H/T] Polebrook 21/9/43; Missing in Action {10m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Bill Myers, Co-pilot: John Hart, Bombardier: Art Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Caudle, Radio Operator: Lavern Sherman, Ball turret gunner: John Ricci,Tail gunner: Jim Mansfield (7 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bill Carmichael, Waist gunner: Bill Bloshko, Waist gunner: Herb Bivens{spinal injury in hospital 6 mths} (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Holzerode, six miles NE of Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1938. EAGER EAGLE II.

B-17 #44-8167

44-8167

Delivered Dallas 28/7/44; Hunter 29/7/44; Dow Fd 10/8/44; Assigned 96BS/2BG Amendola 17/8/44; taxi accident with Dick Davenport 16/12/44; {79m} Returned to the USA Hunter 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31865 / Ole Ironsides

42-31865 / Ole Ironsides

Delivered Denver 29/12/43; Scott 14/1/44; Atlanta 16/1/44; Lakeland 18/1/44; Morrison 24/2/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 29/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/6/44 with Lester Weaver, Co-pilot: Ken Blood, Navigator: Harry Foster, Bombardier: Ed Resovsky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Bruckman, Radio Operator: Joe Szefranski, Ball turret gunner: Humble, Waist gunner: Mike Infurno, Waist gunner: Roy Stoller,Tail gunner: Ray Stoller (10INT); mech failure, force landed Magadino, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 6408. Returned to the USA 1377 BU Grenier 26/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 27/11/45. OLE IRONSIDES.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97603 / Gremlin Buggy II

42-97603 / Gremlin Buggy II

Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Scott 10/2/44; Langley 13/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned (H2X) 333BS/94BG Rougham 12/3/44; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-K] Gt Ashfield 12/3/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Capt Bill Richards (94BG), Co-pilot: Capt Norman Radin (radar crew, later escaped), radar nav-Bob Craig, Bombardier: Jim Goings, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Carte, Ex nav-Lt Garnett Turnstall, Waist gunner: Henry Piekarski, Waist gunner: Raleigh Rhodes{94BG},Tail gunner: Loy Humphrey (10INT); flak hit #2; bellied in Knutwil, Switz; set on fire to destroy secret radar equipment. Missing Air Crew Report 5266. GREMLIN BUGGY II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31899 / Chatterbox

42-31899 / Chatterbox

Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action {19m} Ludwigshafen 27/5/44; flak KOd #3, then enemy aircraft attack, force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 5332. 10 INT. CHATTERBOX.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107042 / Liberty Run

42-107042 / Liberty Run

Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 5/3/44; Missing in Action 15m Ludwigshafen 27/5/44; flak, force landed Payerne, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 5356; 9 INT; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. LIBERTY RUN.

B-17 #42-102482

42-102482

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44. Enemy aircraft, crash landed two miles W of Wolfenbuettel, nine miles S of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4575.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-­97266 / Godfathers Inc.

42-­97266 / Godfathers Inc.

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Kearney 29/9/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 12/3/44; transferred 602BS/398BG [K8-G] Nuthampstead 12/1/45 from Bovingdon; (36m) Missing in Action Pilsen 25/4/45 with Allan Ferguson, Co-pilot: John Halbert, Navigator: Howard Feldman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Heustess, Radio Operator: Mike Brennan,Tail gunner: Byron Young (6 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Bill O’Malley, Waist gunner: Harry Mazer (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit #2, crashed Litice, near Pilsen, Czech; Missing Air Crew Report 14224 (last group aircraft lost in action). GODFATHERS INC.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107020

42-107020

Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 11/3/44; transferred 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 12/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Edwin Wright, Co-pilot: Capt George Hughes, Navigator: Wray Hylton, Bombardier: Nick Dekoning, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Williams, Radio Operator: Rudi Palumbo, Waist gunner: Bernie McDonald, Waist gunner: Clarry Brown,Tail gunner: Bill McQuoid (9 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Bob Johnston (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft badly damaged ship, two engines KOd, crashed Reinachmuhle near Ailingen, three miles N of Friedrichshafen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4773.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31539

42-31539

Delivered Cheyenne 20/11/43; Gr Island 5/12/43; Romulus 16/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-O] Thurleigh 4/1/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44; enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, crash landed Neftenbach, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 4821. 10 INT

B-17 #42-97991

42-97991

Delivered Dallas 26/4/44; Langley 26/6/44; Grenier 13/7/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 9/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44; flak hit and jet fighters, caught fire, crashed Balgstadt, SW of Merseburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8207. 9POW- * all wia; 2 Killed in Action

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97203 / Baby

42-97203 / Baby

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Podington 22/3/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Bill Parramore, Co-pilot: Oscar Sampson, Navigator: John Steichen, Bombardier: John Garcia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Hommer, Radio Operator: Carl Stetson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Dorsa, Waist gunner: Chas Gass, Waist gunner: When McKee,Tail gunner: Lloyd Bradshaw (10INT); enemy aircraft KOd #2, force landed Altenrhein, Switz; W/O; Missing Air Crew Report 4149. BABY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-38204

42-38204

Delivered Denver 14/1/44; Gr Island 31/1/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-H] Molesworth 29/2/44, then 360BS [PU-H]; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen (19m) 24/4/44; enemy aircraft & flak KOd #3, crash landed Cointrin Afd, Geneva, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 4271. 10 INT

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3523 / April Girl

42-3523 / April Girl

Delivered Long Beach 22/7/43; Denver 16/8/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-M] Polebrook 24/9/43; Missing in Action {11m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George Procak, Co-pilot: George Neely, Navigator: Jerrold Trumbower, Bombardier: Jim Keating, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Cipriano, Radio Operator: Saul Susman, Ball turret gunner: Otis Williams, Waist gunner: Gene Chelstowski, Waist gunner: Pete Goinvic (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: E.T. Burgess {killed in tailplane in crash} (1 Killed in Action); flak and enemy aircraft, crashed Pillgrim, two miles SE of Scherborn, seven miles E of Holzminden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1940. APRIL GIRL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31031

42-31031

Delivered Boeing (by hand!) 4/9/43; Gr Isle 11/10/43; Assigned 8AF 24/10/43; transferred RAF [SR388]; 214 Sq BU-H Sculthorpe, Nfk. 21/1/44; No 1699 FLT [4Z-Z] Sculthorpe, Nfk.; Written off 26/7/45. (Last B-17F).

B-17 #41-9125 / Prowler

41-9125 / Prowler

Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; transferred 342BS/97BG Polebrook /8/43; with Alex Blair on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; courier flights to N Africa; 325BS/92BG Bovingdon 2/5/43 as tow target a/c.; on 4/5/43 involved in taxi accident with Jake Fullilove at Alconbury; PROWLER.

B-17 #41-9103 / Dixie Demo

41-9103 / Dixie Demo

Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 11/4/42; with Lt. Clarence L. Thacker on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; 91BG Bassingbourn 3/3/43; 385BG Gt Ashfield 8/43 as target tow & hack; Returned to the USA 23/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45. DIXIE DEMO.