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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31411 / Wilder-N-Hell

42-31411 / Wilder-N-Hell

Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Gr Island 11/11/43; Nashville 18/11/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Podington 2/12/43; Missing in Action Achmer 21/2/44 with Jim McEvoy, Co-pilot: Gene Piburn, Navigator: Vic Barnett, Bombardier: Bob Bottoref, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim McNutt, Ball turret gunner: George Lenar, Waist gunner: Lewis Bispham, Waist gunner: Clifford Shutts (8 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Delbert Miller,Tail gunner: Orvin Miller (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Bad Driburg, ten miles E of Paderborn, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2757. WILDER-N-HELL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97870

42-97870

Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Y] Podington 2/6/44; on return from Darmstadt, Ger, ran out of gas, crashed near Rougham A/fd, Suffolk, UK, with Don Lathram, Bob Berry, Will Burrows, Wiltran Stanteen, Jim Bryan, Angelo Greco, Myron Goodman, Jack Isbel (8 Killed in Action); Ike Harder (wia Returned to Duty); Salvaged 24/12/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-107163

42-107163

Delivered Tulsa 9/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY- ] Podington 4/5/44; Missing in Action Bretigny Afd, Fr 14/6/44 with Marvin Long, Navigator: George McKewin, Waist gunner: John Hewitt (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Norman Stifel, Bombardier: Rollo Budde, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Van Daley, Radio Operator: Bob Ferguson, Ball turret gunner: Gene McNeil,Tail gunner: Emile Ambrose (6 Prisoner of War); flak hit in rihght wing, KOd #3, crashed Villiers-sur-Orge, 12 miles S of Paris, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5793.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6609

44-6609

Delivered Lincoln 22/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 487BG Lavenham 11/10/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 17/2/45 with ?; flak, crashed ? ; Salvaged 5 SAD.

B-17 #42-97681 / The Big Wheel

42-97681 / The Big Wheel

Delivered Denver 27/1/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG Rougham 7/4/44; 331BS [XM-T]; landing accident with Claud Watts 6/3/45; battle damaged Frankfurt 9/3/45, Salvaged (rear half used on 44-6890); THE BIG WHEEL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-6890

44-6890

Delivered Lincoln 9/12/44; Grenier 22/12/44; Assigned 94BG Rougham 23/12/44; battle damaged Ruhland 7/3/45 with Knox McKee; crash landed base and repaired with rear half of 42-97681; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; Sth Plains 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 10/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38596

43-38596

Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 8/9/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG Lavenham 6/10/44; 836BS [2G-G]; Missing in Action Nurnberg 20/2/45 with Floyd McCullough, Paul Elam, Don Lehmkuhl, Kay Taft, Gilbert Hyatt (5 Prisoner of War); Tom Whyte, Wayne Brotherton, Bob Mitchell, Hiran Dunham, Bill Raffel (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Rosthenbach, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12550.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8674

44-8674

Delivered Cheyenne 22/11/44; Hunter 9/12/44; Grenier 2/1/45; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-S] Lavenham 20/2/45; battle damaged Oranienburg 15/3/45 with ?; force landed Poznan, Pol; Salvaged 22/3/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102692

42-102692

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 3/5/44; battle damaged Berlin 24/5/44 with ?; Salvaged 14/11/44.

B-17 #42-3147 / Homesick Angel

42-3147 / Homesick Angel

Delivered Long Beach 27/2/43; with Bill Dobson force landed on edge of runway at Smoky Hill, KS. 7/4/43 and damaged while parked and unmanned by John Wedding on 42-3074; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Ain M’Lila 18/7/43; Massicault 31/7/43; {26m} transferred 341BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43; Missing in Action Istres, Fr. 16/11/43 with Dick Packard, Waters, Dustin, Case, Hertel, Garrity, Largo, Atkins, Elliot (9 Killed in Action); Eslick (Prisoner of War); crashed target area. Missing Air Crew Report 1195. HOMESICK ANGEL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29605 / Honey Bun

42-29605 / Honey Bun

Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/43; Salina 31/1/43; Kearney 7/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 429BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 19/3/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila, Alg 16/6/43; Missing in Action {15m} Naples 21/6/43 with Capt Jack Bentley, Navigator: Capt Chas Grooms{Wounded in Action}, Bombardier: Jim Heaberg{Wounded in Action}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Norman Moore{Wounded in Action}, Radio Operator: Urban Heinen, Ball turret gunner: George Immonen, Waist gunner: Roy Musser{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Harry Marlow[wia but died in captivity] (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John Williams,Tail gunner: Walter Thompson (2 Killed in Action); flak ko’d #3 & 4 then hit by Ma-202(Italian), then crashed of Ischia Is; Missing Air Crew Report 313. HONEY BUN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30010 / Shgrber Shuttle Svs ltd

42-30010 / Shgrber Shuttle Svs ltd

Delivered Cheyenne 28/3/43; Smoky Hill 4/4/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-X] Alconbury 25/4/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Coleman Asher, Co-pilot: Harvey Protzman, Navigator: George Francis, Bombardier: John Chapman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Jones, Waist gunner: George Maerki (6 Killed in Action), Radio Operator: Otto Pfannebecker,Tail gunner: Harvey Plyler (2 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Bill Rice, Waist gunner: Jim Wilson (2 evaded capture); flak, crashed Conchy-sur-Canche, 20 miles NE of Abbeville, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 739.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29515 / Wolf Pack

42-29515 / Wolf Pack

Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 429BS/2BG Navarin 13/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M’Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; Bizerte 2/12/43; Amendola 9/12/43; Missing in Action {11m} Sofia 24/1/44 with Bob Willis, Co-pilot: Art Kruger, Navigator: Phil Cooper, Bombardier: Modine Bigham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Fricke, Radio Operator: John Eagen, Ball turret gunner: Ken Peters, Waist gunner: Stan Katz, Waist gunner: Chas Jones,Tail gunner: Ed Schneider (10 Returned to Duty); ditched 24 miles NE of Bari, crew rescued by British ship and returned to Bari. WOLF PACK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102441 / TNT Katie

42-102441 / TNT Katie

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 13/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 8/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Bob Harwood, Jim Kelley, Karl Wendell, Russell Tolle, Sam Manipella, Dick Roberts, Ron Fleming (7 Prisoner of War); Art Skarsten, George Bulgarelli (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9764. TNT KATIE.

B-17 #41-24359 / Turd Burd

41-24359 / Turd Burd

Assigned 301BG Westover 8/9/42; instead of assignment to 12AF, Italy transferred to Chelveston 16/9/42; 813BS/305BG Grafton Underwood/Chelveston 25/11/42, sent to pathfinder base RAF Wyton of installation of Oboe Mk I radar equipment; 325BS/92BG [NV-F] Podington 24/4/43; 813BS/482BG Alconbury 25/8/43 4m; Returned to the USA Eglin 11/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97568

42-97568

Delivered Denver 23/12/43; Palm Springs 30/12/43; Langley 10/2/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 2/3/44; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 28/3/44; Sterparone 22/4/44; Missing in Action Linz 15/11/44 with Bernard Eder, Riodan, Noll, Brick, Hamiel, McCormick, Cadwell, Sojke, Davis, Anderson (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zeltweg; Missing Air Crew Report 9900.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 43-38449

43-38449

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/44; Hunter 14/8/44; Grenier 4/9/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-Z] Podington 5/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/12/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9222 / Knuckle Head aka Li’l Nell

41-9222 / Knuckle Head aka Li’l Nell

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/42; Assigned 431BS/11BG Hawaii 5/6/42 as KNUCKLE HEAD, then 26BS; transferred 23BS/5BG and re-named; retUS 21/10/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. LI’L NELL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5795 / Skoal

42-5795 / Skoal

Delivered Long Beach 31/1/43; Rapid City 16/2/43; Morrison 28/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Alconbury 5/4/43; 1m with H.M. Conley 14/5/43; transferred AFSC (92BG?) 4/8/43; 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bassingbourn 5/9/43; Missing in Action 7m Bremen 26/11/43 with Bob Tibbetts, Co-pilot: Alex Ellerman, Navigator: Leo Sharum, Bombardier: Dick Wertheim, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Brady, Radio Operator: Garner Walters, Ball turret gunner: Dana Morse, Waist gunner: Chas Clark, Waist gunner: Woodrow Tressler,Tail gunner: Walt Davis (10 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea off Gt Yarmouth, all rescued by ASR. SKOAL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31966

42-31966

Delivered Denver 13/1/44; Gt Falls 14/1/44; Gr Island 24/1/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action {5m} Oberpfaffenhofen 18/3/44 with Paul Martin(wia), Co-pilot: John Sinnott(chute failed), Navigator: Guy Lightfoot, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Lesko, Radio Operator: Mike Vargo, Ball turret gunner: Sterling Vermillion, Waist gunner: Chas Clebus, Waist gunner: Chas Meyer,Tail gunner: Fred Saucedo (9 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Fred DeRoever (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft on return, right wing knocked off, with most of crew trapped inside spinning a/c, crashed Uttenweiler-Hailtingen road, 26 miles SW of Ulm, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3236.

B-17 #43-38106 / Starduster

43-38106 / Starduster

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/44; Hunter 15/7/44; Grenier 23/7/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-E] Horham 25/7/44; with J.L. Walker force landed Paris, Fr. 5/9/44; 81m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/11/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9235 / Clown House

41-9235 / Clown House

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/42; Slated RAF but transferred 30BS/19BG Hickam Fd 6/8/42; transferred 93BS/19BG Mareeba; detailed Tonolei Harbour ditched off Cape York, near Cooktown, Aus. 29/9/42 with Major Allen Lindberg, Co-pilot: Joshua Barnes, Navigator: Jack Ryan, Bombardier: Joe Howard,Tail gunner: Hilario Hernandez, rest unknown (RTD after being found by Aborigines and back to mainland, CLOWN HOUSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30456 / Cactus Clipper

42-30456 / Cactus Clipper

Delivered Cheyenne 4/6/43; Rapid City 16/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Gr Isle 28/6/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Massicault 6/8/43; Missing in Action {7m} Sulmona, It. 27/8/43 with Capt Bill Koch, Navigator: Capt Frank Upton, Bombardier: Walter Hendrickson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Conway, Radio Operator: Ray Resler, Ball turret gunner: Reed Chism, Waist gunner: Felix Dalessio (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Shuck, Waist gunner: Jim McDonald,Tail gunner: Edgar Stewart (3 Prisoner of War); flak hit caused explosion in radio room, two chutes seen; Missing Air Crew Report 481. CACTUS CLIPPER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-97579 / Local Mission

42-97579 / Local Mission

Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/43; Kearney 14/1/44; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [G] Glatton 23/2/44; 750BS; Missing in Action Le Bourget 14/6/44 with Roy Allen, Co-pilot: Verne Lewis, Navigator: Joe Brusse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Plum (4 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Ernie Smith, Ball turret gunner: Bill Goldsborough, Waist gunner: Leon Henson, Waist gunner: Gordon Long,Tail gunner: John Miller (5 evaded capture); Bombardier: Larry Anderson (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KOd #2 & #3, crashed Combles, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5804. LOCAL MISSION.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 44-8808

44-8808

Delivered Cheyenne 2/1/45; Hunter 13/1/45; Grenier 7/2/45; Assigned 837BS/487BG Lavenham 9/3/45; 838BS; Missing in Action Brandenberg 10/4/45 with Larry McGinnes, Jim Henderson (2 Killed in Action); Murray Brill, Frank Kremier, George Lopez, Bill Layton, John Lowe, Dick Child, Maj George Richmond {tg}, Lt Brice Irving {mission pilot} (8 Prisoner of War); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Tangermunde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 14196.