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B-17 #42-31878 / Spamcan

42-31878 / Spamcan

Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Kearney 18/1/44. Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-Z] Ridgewell 20/2/44. Missing in Action 5+m Berlin 24/5/44 with Walt Higgins, Radio Operator: Ed Delgado, Ball turret gunner: Bob Thomson, Waist gunner: Don Thomas, Waist gunner: Franklin Collister,Tail gunner: Bob Smith (6 Killed in Action). Co-pilot: Herb Burns, Navigator: Jim Beck, Bombardier: Bob Hughes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Baird (4 Prisoner of War). FW 190 attacked and pieces immediately flew off bomber, followed by explosion north of Berlin, crashing near Niendorf and Polchow, five miles S of Rostock, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5177. SPAMCAN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97635

42-97635

Delivered Denver 12/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; W/O 3/3/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38095 / McGuires Squires aka The A.M. Weathership

43-38095 / McGuires Squires aka The A.M. Weathership

Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 20/7/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-X] Thorpe Abbotts 22/7/44 McGUIRE’S SQUIRES (npo); crashed on take off for mission 20/11/44 with Stan Dobrogowski, crew unknown; crashed Scole, near Diss, Nfk; Salvaged 2/12/44. THE A.M. WEATHERSHIP.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8050 / Calamity Jane II

44-8050 / Calamity Jane II

Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Dallas 16/6/44; Langley 15/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-D] Podington 30/8/44; transferred 306BG Thurleigh 8/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46. CALAMITY JANE 2ND.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107056 / The Denver Doll

42-107056 / The Denver Doll

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Hunter 17/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-O] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/4/44 with Jim McGuire, Bombardier: Joe Eck, Radio Operator: Rod McCaughin, Ball turret gunner: John Ribuffo, Waist gunner: Alan Dill, Waist gunner: Don Kuntz,Tail gunner: John Sabotka (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Randall Bradley, Navigator: John Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank De George (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 and eventually wing snapped off, crashed Tamerville, near Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4238.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102977 / Traps

42-102977 / Traps

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 23/5/44; crashed on take off for French Noball site 17/7/44 with Capt Joe Trapnell, Co-pilot: Melvin Kodas, Navigator: Harry Heyeneman, Bombardier: Byron Greene, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Murray Holditch, Radio Operator: John Cooper, Ball turret gunner: Bill Geigle, Waist gunner: Adam Stoppel, Waist gunner: Bob Patrick,Tail gunner: Clare Hamden (10 Returned to Duty); #3 engine played up and could not be feathered crash landed in sugar beet field, Friston Hall, Kelsale, Sfk; Salvaged 19/7/44. TRAPS.

B-17 #43-37901 / Miss Bea Havin

43-37901 / Miss Bea Havin

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 14/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-B] Lavenham 30/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/1/46. MISS BEA HAVIN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-85492

44-85492

The Fate of this B-17 Flying Fortress is unknown.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8944

44-8944

Delivered Dallas 17/2/45; Hunter 12/3/45; Grenier 23/3/45; Assigned 8AF 25/3/45; 418BS/100BG Thorpe Abbotts 23/4/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8849 / PARD

44-8849 / PARD

Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 9/2/45; Grenier 23/2/45; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-J] Thorpe Abbotts 25/2/45; transferred to Duxford, UK; in landing accident with Bob Ellis 29/8/45; Salvaged 11/10/45. PARD.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6282

44-6282

Delivered Kearney 24/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 347BS/97BG Amendola 12/7/44; battle damaged Vienna 23/8/44 with Christianson, Anderson, Domangue, Parrish, Hornik, Rice, McGowan, Remas, Canty, Williamson, English; crew bailed near Zagreb, ret 29/8/44; Christianson returns on two engines; Missing Air Crew Report 7989; {42m} transferred depot 9/1/45; Returned to the USA 4100 Patterson 22/8/45; 4104 BU Rome 3/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. To USN as CB-17 in 1946.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 38-584

38-584

Delivered Salt Lake City 7-Sep-40; Lowry 24-Jul-43; to Class 26 Hobbs. NM ; Written off 17-Oct-43. It was one of the aircraft that played the part of B-17 ‘Mary-Ann’ in the film ‘Air Force’, which was released in 1943 by Warner Bros.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.