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B-17 #41-24453 / Mizpah – The Bearded Lady aka The Bearded Beauty

41-24453 / Mizpah – The Bearded Lady aka The Bearded Beauty

Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-O] Bangor 29/8/42; Bassingbourn 29/9/42; in taxi accident with John Hardin 18/11/42 at RNAS Yeovilton; MIZPAH – THE BEARDED LADY aka THE BEARDED BEAUTY. Missing in Action 28m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Everett Kenner, Co-pilot: George Bryan decapitated, Navigator: Rich Martin chute failed to open, Waist gunner: Gardner Moore,Tail gunner: Bill Hagin (5 Killed in Action). Bombardier: Herb Egender, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Glen Chase, Radio Operator: George Vender, Ball turret gunner: John O’Toole, Waist gunner: Jim Bowcock (5 Prisoner of War); Hit by enemy aircraft, along top of fuselage and KO’d #2 engine, dropped out and crashed Mayen, 15 miles W of Coblenz, Germany. See Missing Air Crew Report 275.

B-17 #41-24524 / The Eagle’s Wrath

41-24524 / The Eagle’s Wrath

Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-O] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 16m Schweinfurt 17/8/43. Enemy aircraft hit oxygen bottles setting fuselage on fire, crashed Gelnhausen, near Harxheim, 12 miles E of Frankfurt-am-Main, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 279. THE EAGLE’S WRATH.

B-17 #41-24527 / The Sky Wolf aka Great Speckled Bird

41-24527 / The Sky Wolf aka Great Speckled Bird

Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL- ] Bangor 6/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; 1m transferred 324BS [DF-Y]; Missing in Action 27+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Munger, Co-pilot: Dave Gladhart, Navigator: John Brickley, Bombardier: Tony Kalupy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Latta, Radio Operator: Howie Schultz, Ball turret gunner: Arnold Musum, Waist gunner: Bob Blair, Waist gunner: Bernie Bedrock,Tail gunner: Rich Teague (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, smoking as it dropped further behind crashed Waldeschaff, six miles E of Aschaffenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 274. THE SKY WOLF aka GREAT SPECKLED BIRD.

B-17 #41-24564 / Patches

41-24564 / Patches

Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-W] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Doug Mutschler, Co-pilot: Ed Carter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carlton Boberg (3 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bill Bagwell, Bombardier: Wendell Luce, Radio Operator: Whitney Simon, Ball turret gunner: Lee Quinliven, Waist gunner: Meyer Baker, Waist gunner: Tony Buckley,Tail gunner: Erwin Grundman (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Averbode, five miles NW Diest, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 300. PATCHES.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29559 / Stupntakit

42-29559 / Stupntakit

Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 13/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 13m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Charles A. Bennett; Co-Pilot Stanley A. Dahlman; Navigator Adrian T. Van Bemmel; Bombardier Maurice J. Sullivan; Flight engineer/top turret gunner Ford C. Cowherd; Right waist gunner/Assistant engineer Robert G. Gaynor; Radio Operator William J. Barrett; Ball Turret gunner/Assistant radio operator John F. Greager; Left Waist gunner Thomas J. Hunt; Tail Gunner Edward P. Troy. On return flight, was shot down by enemy aircraft. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 278.

B-17 #42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin

42-29636 / Vanishing Virgin aka X-Virgin

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/43; Gt Falls 31/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Nashville 23/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Chelveston VANISHING VIRGIN 24/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 30/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA 12/5/44; Lockbourn 3/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45. X-VIRGIN.

B-17 #42-29728 / El Rauncho

42-29728 / El Rauncho

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Casper 1/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-H] Bassingbourn 20/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 12/7/43; On return from the first Schweinfurt mission, 17 August 1943, with battle damage from enemy aircraft, the ship crash landed at Grafton Underwood with Pilot-Randolph G. E. Jacobs, Co-pilot-Eugene A. Boger, Navigator-John Quinn Curtin, Bombardier-James Edward Seibel, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Aldo J. Gregori, Radio Operator-Doy J. Cloud, Ball Turret Gunner-Thomas Joseph Vezina, Tail Gunner-Robert L. Compton, Waist Gunner-Jack Keith Goetz and Waist Gunner Lawrence C. Wager (10 Returned to Duty). The aircraft was salvaged. Aircraft Name: EL RAUNCHO

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29731 / Moore-Fidite aka Ol’ Swayback

42-29731 / Moore-Fidite aka Ol’ Swayback

Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft & flak KO’d #3, #4 feathered, crashed Ebrach, 18 miles SE of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 663. OL’ SWAYBACK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29735 / Rum Boogie

42-29735 / Rum Boogie

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Smoky Hill 29/3/43; Presque Is 5/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 RUM BOOGIE; Andrews Fd 13/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 2m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with George Darrow, Co-pilot: John Howcroft, Navigator: Ralph Waldman, Bombardier: Phil Rokosa, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Hartnett, Radio Operator: Jack Kaufman, Ball turret gunner: Clarry Jones, Waist gunner: Jim Baker, Waist gunner: Rich Morrison,Tail gunner: Paul Howard (10 Returned to Duty); damaged in fighter attack, ditched North Sea 20 miles E of Felixstowe, Sfk., all rescued. No MACR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29830 / Peter Wabbit

42-29830 / Peter Wabbit

Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-A] Kimbolton; then 524BS [WA-T]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Erwalt Wagner, Co-pilot: Bill Barnard, Navigator: Joe Hilderbrand, Bombardier: Ken Gibbs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Kushman, Radio Operator: Ben Radensky, Ball turret gunner: Francis Donahue, Waist gunner: Marvin Charlson, Waist gunner: Eldred Andruss,Tail gunner: Dean Yates (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, six miles W of Bingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1350. PETER WABBIT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29839 / Cherokee Girl

42-29839 / Cherokee Girl

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/43; Pueblo 16/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-C] Polebrook, Missing in Action {13m} Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Helmuth Hansen, Co-pilot: J. Z. Comfort, Navigator: John Dytman, Bombardier: Dale Van Brunt, Radio Operator: Adam Gasek, Ball turret gunner: Paul Hennessey, Waist gunner: Don Boss, Waist gunner: Elwin Smith,Tail gunner: Gus Warden (9 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tuite Ambrose (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Mayen, five miles SE of Koblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 303. CHEROKEE GIRL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29853

42-29853

Delivered Denver 26/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Framlingham 13/6/43; 1m, transferred 407/327BS/92BG [UX-S/U] Alconbury 17/6/43; in a slight mid-air collision with 42-3184 (92) on 21/7/43 with Tom Hullings; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Stewart, Co-pilot: Leon Landers, Navigator: Frank Smith, Bombardier: Chas Henderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dan Carlisle, Radio Operator: Elmer Collins, Ball turret gunner: John Wasche, Waist gunner: Steve Solga, Waist gunner: Gerry Swanger,Tail gunner: Chas Lewis (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eifel, near Bonn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 653.

B-17 #42-2990 / Dame Satan

42-2990 / Dame Satan

Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Bassingbourn 10/1/43; Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Jack A. Hargis; Ball turret gunner: Starr A. Tucker (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carlyle H. Darling; Bombardier: Edward P. Winslow Jr (broke leg on bailing out); Radio Operator: Victor Ciganek; Ball turret gunner: Gerald H. Tucker (4 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Carl N. Smith; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jarvis Allen; Left Waist gunner: Albert Diminno; Tail gunner: Leland G. Judy (4 evaded capture). Enemy aircraft hit #2 engine and 42-3990 dropped back before being hit again. Crashed Montroeul-au-Bois, near Frasnes-lez-Buissenal, Hainaut, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report 277. DAME SATAN.

B-17 #42-29956 / Vertical Shaft

42-29956 / Vertical Shaft

Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Cheyenne 6/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-B] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jesse Hausenfluck, Co-pilot: Don MacKenzie (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Chas Everson, Bombardier: Bob Kennedy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Kilcourse, Radio Operator: John Kelly, Ball turret gunner: Jim Traylor, Waist gunner: Sebastian Buchari, Waist gunner: Tom Randolph,Tail gunner: John Blauer (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed St Goarshausen, 18 miles SE of Koblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 296. VERTICAL SHAFT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-29978 / Hell’s Angel

42-29978 / Hell’s Angel

Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-F] Ridgewell 31/5/43 with Reinhardt King, Neil Wright, Ed McGlynn, Francis Petrillo, Cecil Fleura, Maynard Unger, Joe Lyons, Albt Pollard, Bob Dwyer, Julius Mann; Missing in Action 3m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Reinhardt King, Co-pilot: Henry Peeples, Navigator: Ed McGlynn, Bombardier: Francis Petrillo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Floura, Radio Operator: Maynard Unger, Ball turret gunner: Albt Pollard, Waist gunner: Julius Mann, Waist gunner: Bob Dwyer,Tail gunner: Joe Lyons (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Bad Schwalbach, six miles NW of Wiesbaden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 382. HELL’S ANGEL.

B-17 #42-29983 / Gloria Ann aka Iris aka Uncle Sammy

42-29983 / Gloria Ann aka Iris aka Uncle Sammy

Delivered Cheyenne 20-Mar-43; Dyersburg 31-Mar-43; Presque Isle 10-Apr-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 12-Apr-43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-K] Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 GLORIA ANN; Andrews Field 13-May-43; Snetterton 12-Jun-43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-X] Ridgewell 17-Jun-43. Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17-Aug-43 Damaged by flak and abandonded over Kesseling, Germany, five miles SW of Ahrweiler, Germany. UNCLE SAMMY

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30002 / Damifino aka The WAAC Hunter

42-30002 / Damifino aka The WAAC Hunter

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Gore 17/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Henry Shotland, Co-pilot: Chas Thompson, Navigator: Tom Doran, Bombardier: Bill Harrison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Field, Radio Operator: Ed Kussman, Ball turret gunner: Larry Capdeville, Waist gunner: John Keegan, Waist gunner: Roy Butler (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Foster Compton (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit wing which caught fire, crashed Boxheierhof, SE of Burstadt, 10 miles N of Mannheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 680. DAMIFINO aka THE WAAC HUNTER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30017 / All Shot To Hell

42-30017 / All Shot To Hell

Delivered Dallas 2/4/43; Geiger 23/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-W] Ridgewell 10/7/43; transferred Mildenhall 17/7/43, then 568BS/390BG [BI-G] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Ashbrooke Tyson, Co-pilot: Chas Hinckley, Navigator: Chas Hansen, Bombardier: Elmo Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Tyson, Radio Operator: Verial Whaples, Ball turret gunner: Bill Roberts, Waist gunner: Albt Van Pelt, Waist gunner: Edmund Valonis,Tail gunner: C.L. Roseberry (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, left wing on fire, exploded and crashed Bingen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 388. ALL SHOT TO HELL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30028 / Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani

42-30028 / Great In Lani / Sweet Is (Le) Lani

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 26/5/43 with Henry Peeples, Co-pilot: Jack Rogers, Navigator: Cliff Haverkamp, Bombardier: Vernon Nicholson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Hill, Radio Operator: Earl Allen, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Bingenheimer, Waist gunner: Paul Egliski, Waist gunner: Walt Sowell,Tail gunner: Wilf St Michael; involved in landing accident at base with Jack Painter 8/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Neil Wright, Co-pilot: Jack Rogers, Navigator: Cliff Haverkamp, Bombardier: John Stracotenko, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Allen, Radio Operator: Walt Sowell, Ball turret gunner: Paul Egliski, Waist gunner: Ralph Bingenheimer, Waist gunner: Jim Hill,Tail gunner: Wilf St Michael (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed south of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 380. SWEET IS (LE) LANI.

B-17 #42-30042 / Shack Rabbits aka Oh Nausea

42-30042 / Shack Rabbits aka Oh Nausea

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 19/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Patterson 29/5/43; Detroit 3/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; SHACK RABBITS aka OH NAUSEA. Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Glen Van Noy, Co-pilot: Jim Evans, Navigator: Ken Allen, Bombardier: Bill Couch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Stewart, Radio Operator: Bill Crabb, Ball turret gunner: Jim Gibson, Waist gunner: Joe Hruskocy, Waist gunner: Col Bill Kennedy armourer & gunnery expert,Tail gunner: Sam Cusmano (10 Prisoner of War); Enemy aircraft KO’d two engines, then another en route to North Africa mechicanical problem, ditched Mediterranean Sea 90 miles north of Sicily, Italy, with no injuries; Missing Air Crew Report 682.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3005

42-3005

Delivered Tulsa 8/12/42; Assigned 508BS/351BG Biggs 19/1/43; damaged in landing with Jim Stewart 22/1/43, at Oscura Tx, bomb range; repaired and detailed Pueblo 27/3/43; Blythe 13/4/43; McClellan 16/5/43; Ephrata 19/6/43; force landed base with Harry Thompson 17/8/43; with Bob Smith force landed Admore, OK 16/11/43; with Albt Davis force landed Tinker 1/3/44; Sioux City 24/6/44; Written off 19/8/44; Recl Comp 3/1/46.

B-17 #42-30063 / Paddlefoot aka Picklepuss

42-30063 / Paddlefoot aka Picklepuss

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/6/43 PADDLEFOOT; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-S] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43; Me 110s KO’d one engine then ship lost another before a wing snapped off, crashed Schmalgraf, five miles N of Eupen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 677. PICKLEPUSS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30070 / Tweedle-O-Twill

42-30070 / Tweedle-O-Twill

Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Hamilton 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 22/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-S] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Ron Braley, Co-pilot: Walt Trenchard{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: John Fawcett, Bombardier: Tom Carlton, Radio Operator: Joe McGuire, Ball turret gunner: Don Ruggles, Waist gunner: Chas Grissom{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Elmo White{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Phil Ong{Wounded in Action} (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Blair (Killed in Action); flak hit #1 and tail, crashed Pulferingen, 20 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 679. TWEEDLE-O-TWILL.

B-17 #42-30080 / High Life

42-30080 / High Life

Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Westover 3/5/43; Wendover 16/5/43; Kearney 23/5/43; Dow Fd 22/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Don Oakes, Co-pilot: Joe Harper, Navigator: Hiram Harris, Bombardier: Lloyd Hammarlund, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Elder, Radio Operator: Jim Scott, Ball turret gunner: Les Nadeau, Waist gunner: Vince McGrath, Waist gunner: Nolan Stevens,Tail gunner: Leon Goyer (10INT); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, then #2 lost oil pressure and crash landed Dubendorf, near Zurich, Switz, where it was dismantled and taken to Kloten for storage, was eventually scrapped (1st US aircraft interned); Missing Air Crew Report 683. HIGH LIFE.

B-17 #42-30139 / Snuffy

42-30139 / Snuffy

Delivered to Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Sioux City 30/4/43; Kearney 6/5/43; Tinker 22/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 545Bomb Squadron/384Bomb Group [JD-O] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 14 June 1943; Missing in Action on a mission to Schweinfurt 17 August 1943 with Oliver Sweningsen, Co-pilot: Carlos P. Stewart, Navigator: Robert M. Koening, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace B. Dawson, Radio Operator: Joseph S. Barta, Ball turret gunner: Leon Svirsky, Waist gunner: Alfred Meyer,Tail gunner: Charles F. Tate Jr. (8 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Victor T. Kelly, Waist gunner: Richard S. Grover (2 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed at Stangenroth, six miles Northwest of Bad Kissingen, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 294. SNUFFY.

B-17 #42-30140 / King Malfunction II

42-30140 / King Malfunction II

Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 2/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 23/6/43; Missing in Action 6m Schweinfurt 17/8/43; Flak KO’d #3 & #4 feathered, crashed Esch, five miles SE of Munstereifel, Ger. 1 x KIA; 8 x Prisoner of War; 2 x Crew EVD (Nelson & Genz) Missing Air Crew Report 379. KING MALFUNCTION II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30147 / Flak Dancer aka M’Honey.

42-30147 / Flak Dancer aka M’Honey.

Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Presque Is 15/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-O] Grafton Underwood 28/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Clayton Wilson, Co-pilot: Dewey Brown, Navigator: Fred Bloesch, Bombardier: Herman Stevens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vern Long, Radio Operator: John DesRochers, Ball turret gunner: George Kendall, Waist gunner: Gene Penick, Waist gunner: Jack Hook,Tail gunner: Ellis Klein (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Rheims, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 291. FLAK DANCER aka M’HONEY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30158 / Mary Jane II

42-30158 / Mary Jane II

Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/43; Tinker 28/4/43; New Castle 29/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Howie Koeppen, Waist gunner: Jack Posemsky (2 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Harry Thomkpson, Navigator: Ed Dennstedt, Bombardier: Bob Thomas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hurlo, Radio Operator: Floyd Barrowman, Ball turret gunner: Bob Watkins, Waist gunner: Gene Shadick,Tail gunner: Rich Feese (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Abenheim, five miles NW of Worms, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1764. MARY JANE II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30159 / Settin’ Bull

42-30159 / Settin’ Bull

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; New Castle 2/5/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-H] Chelveston 24/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Rothery McKeegan, Co-pilot: Frank Sulkowski, Navigator: Martin Fetherolf, Bombardier: Baxter Harris, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Peach, Radio Operator: Jim Prehart, Waist gunner: Frank Williams, Waist gunner: Chas Murray (8 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Claude Davis,Tail gunner: Bob McLain (2KIA fighting fire on a/c); flak, crashed Wegnes, three miles SW of Verviers, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 301. SETTING BULL.

B-17 #42-30176 / Assassin

42-30176 / Assassin

Delivered Cheyenne, WY 22/4/43; Smoky Hill, KS 28/4/43; Walla Walla, WA 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Presque Island 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Framlingham 5/6/43; 335BS [OE-P] Horham 15/6/43; 12m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with John Sundberg, Navigator: Bill McNatt, Waist gunner: Leroy Funk,Tail gunner: Joe Aquino (4 evaded capture); Co-pilot: John Moyer, Bombardier: Claude Livingston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester Schwab, Ball turret gunner: Emerson Davies, Waist gunner: Franklin Barrett (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Tony Carlone (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Oostmalle, 15 miles NE of Antwerp, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 401. ASSASSIN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30185 / Wee Bonnie

42-30185 / Wee Bonnie

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-H] Horham 15/6/43; 10m, severe battle damaged Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Eastling, rest unknown; Salvaged 24/8/43. WEE BONNIE.

B-17 #42-30191 / The Bolevich

42-30191 / The Bolevich

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43; flak, crash landed wheels up on road between Elfershausen & Trimburg, 13 miles NW of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1765. THE BOLEVICH.

B-17 #42-30245 / Lucky Lady

42-30245 / Lucky Lady

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft, crashed Oostmalle, nine miles W of Turnhout, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 381. LUCKY LADY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30274 / Our Bay-Bee

42-30274 / Our Bay-Bee

Delivered Cheyenne 8 May 1943; Gore 9 May 1943; Smoky Hill 17 May 1943; Dow Field 5 June 1943; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Horham 15 June 1943; 5 missions. Missing in Action Regensburg 17 August 1943 with a 335BS crew.

B-17 #42-30283 / Mason’s Morons

42-30283 / Mason’s Morons

Delivered Denver 9/5/43; Gore 17/5/43; Smoky Hill 19/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG Bassingbourn 10/6/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 16/6/43; 10m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bob Mason, Co-pilot: Lou Belson, Navigator: Frank Messersmith, Bombardier: Bill Reinecke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Carter, Radio Operator: Bill Rogers, Ball turret gunner: Herschel Beane, Waist gunner: Jay McKee, Waist gunner: Ray Elias,Tail gunner: Bob Bickford (10 Prisoner of War); crashed Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 403. MASON’S MORONS.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30309 / Raging Red

42-30309 / Raging Red

Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 23/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 21/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Sexton, Co-pilot: John Goettel, Navigator: Bill LaDow, Bombardier: Joe Lee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Preston Wells, Radio Operator: Vince Leonard, Ball turret gunner: Ed Schad, Waist gunner: Jim Leckey,Tail gunner: Joe Sheppard (9 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Talmadge Naron (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Niederwetz, five miles S of Wetzlar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1763. RAGING RED.

B-17 #42-30311

42-30311

Delivered Dallas 14/5/43; Gore 15/5/43; Love 15/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Gd Isle 30/6/43; Dallas 7/7/43; Kearney 23/7/43; Dow Fd 26/7/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-T] Thorpe Abbotts 26/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Tom Hummel, Co-pilot: Mike Doroski{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: Archie Depew, Bombardier: Norman Brewster, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nelson Gunnar, Radio Operator: Don Meeker, Ball turret gunner: Gordon Williams,Tail gunner: Francis Stafford (8 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Ken O’Connor, Waist gunner: Dick Bowler (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 which caught fire, crashed Schorsheim, nine miles S of Mainz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 681.

B-17 #42-30315 / Battle Queen aka Peg of My Heart

42-30315 / Battle Queen aka Peg of My Heart

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Geiger 26/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-S] Framlingham 12/7/43; Missing in Action Regensbury 17/8/43 with Steve Rapport, Co-pilot: Elmer Holloway, Navigator: Grover Boyd, Bombardier: Chas Ryan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Scott, Radio Operator: Bill Carter, Ball turret gunner: Theo Obsharsky, Waist gunner: Blair Neal, Waist gunner: Joe Russell,Tail gunner: Ricardo Robledo (10INT – but both WGs and ettg later escaped and returned to base; flak, crashed Utzendorf, nine miles N of Berne, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 391. BATTLE QUEEN aka ‘PEG OF MY HEART’.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30389 / Dear Mom

42-30389 / Dear Mom

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/43; Gore 27/5/43; Cheyenne 2/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Rougham 7/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bernard W. Nayovitz, Co-pilot: James F. Smith, Jr., Navigator: Murlyn F. Burnett, Bombardier: Robert P. Allison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert V. Beyke, Ball turret gunner: Jack H. Loveless (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Arthur P. McDonnell,Tail gunner: James W. Tolbert (2 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Jake Dalinsky, Waist gunner: Beverley G. Geyer (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Lummen, six miles E of Deist, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 323. DEAR MOM.

B-17 #42-3043 / Hitler’s Gremlin

42-3043 / Hitler’s Gremlin

Delivered Denver 29/1/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bassingbourn 22/4/43; Missing in Action 16m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Gene Lockhart, Co-pilot: Clive Woodbury, Navigator: Granville Williams, Bombardier: Bob Sherwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ted Cetnarowski, Radio Operator: Bill Darden, Ball turret gunner: George Serafin, Waist gunner: Chester Raphoom, Waist gunner: John Husick,Tail gunner: Art Burns (10 Returned to Duty); severely damaged by enemy aircraft, continued to target but never reached home base, ditched North Sea, all rescued by RAF Walrus from Hawkinge and taxied back to Ramsgate. HITLER’S GREMLIN.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-30453 / Thunderbird

42-30453 / Thunderbird

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/43; Rapid City 15/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Gr Isle 28/6/43; Dow Fd 14/7/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-K] Rougham 13/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Roy Davison, Co-pilot: Stan Chichester, Navigator: Alden Faudie, Bombardier: Chas Breuer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Krueger, Radio Operator: Louis Koth, Ball turret gunner: Carl Gibson, Waist gunner: Art Howell, Waist gunner: Claude Page,Tail gunner: Dick Mungenast (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, crashed Saverne, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 831(788?).THUNDERBIRD.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

42-3092 / Strato Sam (Toughest Crew That Ever Flew)

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 4/43 with Capt Bob Post, Bob Nelson, Fred Nudell engineer, Harry Baylerian radio, Capt Joe Murray S-2, M/Sgt Andy Banas line chief, S/Sgt Joe Johnson elec/spec, Cpl Adrian Johnson AFCE spec, S/Sgt Olin David bomb sight maint, Lt Jim Morrison ARC nav; Missing in Action 7m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Hudson, Co-pilot: Bill Grant, Navigator: Ron Delaney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Vaughn, Radio Operator: Dave Pinsky, Ball turret gunner: John Vaughn, Waist gunner: Ford Thueson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Wakefield,Tail gunner: George Doyle (9 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Ken Robinson (KIA, chute lines tangled in aircraft and unable to jump); shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Pesch, four miles SW of Munsterreifel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 399. STRATO SAM (TOUGHEST CREW THAT EVER FLEW).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3194 / Little Hell

42-3194 / Little Hell

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Dow Field 11/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 19/6/43; 7m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bob Hayden, Co-pilot: Chas Meadow, Navigator: George Loring, Bombardier: Dick Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Paxton, Radio Operator: Joe Eisenberg, obs-Lt John Lee (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: John Riley, Waist gunner: Ken Mears, Waist gunner: Chas Hill,Tail gunner: Earl Moorer (4 Killed in Action); flak & fighter attacks, crashed Santa Margherita, 15 miles NW of Parma, Italy; Missing Air Crew Report 400. LITTLE HELL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3220 / Damfino

42-3220 / Damfino

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Harry Smith, Co-pilot: Sam Hawkins, Navigator: John Noonan, Bombardier: Lloyd Gwinn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Judd Lischke, Radio Operator: Tony Sylvester, Ball turret gunner: John Jupin, Waist gunner: Harry Blake, Waist gunner: John Elsberry,Tail gunner: Bob Colborn (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Marksteinach, five miles E of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 384. DAMFINO.

B-17 #42-3222 / Deuces Wild

42-3222 / Deuces Wild

Delivered Cheyenne 1-Apr-43; Dow Field 23-May-43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-P] Grafton Underwood 28-May-43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17-Aug-43 Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed at Reichenbach, Germany 10 miles south of Darmstadt, Ger. 2KIA 8POW Missing Air Crew Report 292. DUECES WILD.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3225 / Chug-A-Lug Lulu

42-3225 / Chug-A-Lug Lulu

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-V] Ridgewell 6/6/43 WIDGET. Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft KO’d three engines, crashed Fexhe-Slins, near Tongeren, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 378. CHUG-A-LUG LULU.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3227

42-3227

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Presque Isle 25/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-G] Ridgewell 26/5/43. Pilot Hamden L. Forkner; Co-Pilot Joseph A. Kelly; Navigator Robert E. Hyatt; Bombardier Edwin L. Vincent (substitute for Keith Moore); Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Paul F. Shipe; Ball Turret Gunner Ralph E. Stease; Radio Operator Chester E. Shattuck; Left Waist Gunner Edward F. Sobolewski; Right Waist Gunner Harry H. Horton; Tail Gunner Lin F. Chew. Missing in Action 9missions Schweinfurt 17 August 1943. Forkner, Shipe, Sobolewski and Horton evaded capture; the six others were made Prisoners of War. 42-3227 was hit by enemy aircraft, crashed near Houthem, about 6km NE of Maastricht, Holland, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 661.

B-17 #42-3230 / Mary Kathleen aka Yankee Powerhouse II

42-3230 / Mary Kathleen aka Yankee Powerhouse II

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft, crashed Weiler, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 293. MARY KATHLEEN aka YANKEE POWERHOUSE II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3232 / Flak Happy

42-3232 / Flak Happy

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; Bangor 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-V]Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt (Regensburg) 17/8/43 with Ron Hollenbeck, Co-pilot: John Williams, Navigator: Harry Weintraub, Bombardier: Zeke Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rush Mintz, Radio Operator: Emile Reimherr, Ball turret gunner: John Pachiotti, Waist gunner: Glen Keirsey, Waist gunner: Bill Rouse,Tail gunner: Tom Flounders (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit ship in bomb bay, and #4 feathered, crashed in mountains at Ghedi, 12 miles S of Brescia, It., heading for North Africa. Missing Air Crew Report 676. FLAK HAPPY.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3305 / Fertile Myrtle aka Princess Pat

42-3305 / Fertile Myrtle aka Princess Pat

Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-E] Framlingham 14/7/43 PRINCESS PAT; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Dale Shaver, Co-pilot: Harry Boyd, Navigator: Caesar Bruschi, Bombardier: Jim Patterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herman Thomasson, Radio Operator: Earl Spann, Ball turret gunner: Wilson Bruce, Waist gunner: Francis Moran, Waist gunner: Jim Schwartz,Tail gunner: Dave Lindsay (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft damage & low fuel so attempted to reach Spain, crash landed Hyeres, 12 mioles E of Toulon, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 392. FERTILE MYRTLE aka PRINCESS PAT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3310 / Blood, Guts and Rust

42-3310 / Blood, Guts and Rust

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: John Wenzel, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Scott Barrows, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bertil Olsen, Radio Operator: Virgil Ulven, Ball turret gunner: Fred Oppelt, Waist gunner: John Danielson, Waist gunner: Clarry Pane,Tail gunner: Carl Spirito (10 Returned to Duty) flak, ditched Mediterranean Sea 13 miles off Bone, North Africa, all rescued. Missing Air Crew Report 396. BLOOD, GUTS AND RUST.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3333 / Purgatory Pete

42-3333 / Purgatory Pete

Delivered Denver 12/5/43; Dow Fd 12/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-O] Framlingham 14/7/43; 3m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Ray Becker, Co-pilot: Dave Schlegell, Navigator: Bill Conner, Bombardier: Bill Burke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clinton Hahn, Radio Operator: Herman Black, Ball turret gunner: Earl Shermeyer, Waist gunner: John Muir, Waist gunner: Roy Ball,Tail gunner: Chas Reed (10 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft, ditched Med Sea, 50 miles off Bone, North Africa; Missing Air Crew Report 389. PURGATORY PETE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3414 / Paddlefoot

42-3414 / Paddlefoot

Delivered Dallas 1/6/43; Dow Fd 14/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 18/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with John Parker, Co-pilot: Arland Gould, Navigator: Tom Dziechowski, Bombardier: Bob Macy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: ?, Radio Operator: ?, Ball turret gunner: George Peterson, Waist gunner: Elwood Stewart, Waist gunner: Bob Grant,Tail gunner: Floyd Wood (10 Returned to Duty); no gas, ditched Mediterranean Sea, 80 miles from North African coast, all rescued. PADDLEFOOT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-3435

42-3435

Delivered Denver 12/6/43; Dow Fd 20/7/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-F] Chelveston 26/7/43; transferred 327BS/92BG Alconbury 12/8/42; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Capt Roland Sargent, Co-pilot: Keith Byington, Navigator: Capt Bob McNeely, Bombardier: George Mikel, Radio Operator: Chas Sailer, Ball turret gunner: John Whitley, Waist gunner: Nathan Schwartz Waist gunner: Harry Richards,Tail gunner: Ken Fahncke (9 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Berry (evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed St Huibrechts-Hern, near Kuttekoven, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 654.

B-17 #42-5069 / Our Gang

42-5069 / Our Gang

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; New Castle 19/11/42; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bassingbourn 23/11/42; Missing in Action 20m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Wheeler (401BS), Co-pilot: Louis Bianchi, Navigator: Joe Newberry, Bombardier: Denver Woodward, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bayne Scurlock, Radio Operator: Jim Cobb, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Thomas, Waist gunner: Ray Gillet, Waist gunner: Jim McGovern,Tail gunner: Jim McBride (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #1 & #2, lagged behind crashed St Goar, 15 miles S of Coblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 281. OUR GANG.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5139 / Chief Sly II

42-5139 / Chief Sly II

Delivered Cheyenne 2/10/42; West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 13/3/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Joel Gatewood, Navigator: Dan Downy, Bombardier: Harry Hammond, Waist gunner: Tom Parfitt (4POW-all caught after nine days at Saarbrucken), Co-pilot: George Riegel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Canada, Radio Operator: Dan Butler, Ball turret gunner: Stanford Adams, Waist gunner: George Hite,Tail gunner: Fred Pearce (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4 and wing on fire, crashed Geisenheim, 12 miles W of Weisbaden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 276. CHIEF SLY II.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5225 / Stormy Weather aka V-Packette

42-5225 / Stormy Weather aka V-Packette

Delivered Tulsa 14/10/42; West Palm Beach 15/1/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-S] Bassingbourn 8/2/43 as STORMY WEATHER; battle damaged Hamm 4/3/43 with George Birdsong, crash landed base, when repaired was re-named; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43; enemy aircraft, crashed Baelen, six miles W of Leopoldsburg, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 280. V-PACKETTE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

42-5437 / Frank’s Nightmare

Delivered Denver 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bassingbourn 8/3/43; Missing in Action 23m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Arlynn Weiweneth, Co-pilot: Clarry Blackman, Navigator: Bill Warose, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Reidy, Radio Operator: John Halloran, Ball turret gunner: Joe Hall, Waist gunner: Edgar Roe, Waist gunner: Vernon Lamplot,Tail gunner: Bob McDonald (9 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Gene Cook (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hergarten, 12 miles S of Duren, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 282. FRANK’S NIGHTMARE.

B-17 #42-5712 / Heavy Weight Annihilators No. 2 aka My Prayer

42-5712 / Heavy Weight Annihilators No. 2 aka My Prayer

Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/42; Wayne 6/11/42; West Palm Beach, Fl 14/12/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 1/1/43 HEAVYWEIGHT ANNIHILATORS II; battle damaged 22/6/43, repaired & transferred 324BS; {17m} crash landed Manston on return from Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Judy, Co-pilot: Roger Lane (Laya?), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Cherry{Wounded in Action} (3 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Ed DeCoster, Bombardier: Lewis Allen, Radio Operator: Virgil Faust, Ball turret gunner: Chas Baiano, Waist gunner: Ray Tarbell, Waist gunner: Vince Lala,Tail gunner: Paul Burton (7 Prisoner of War); severe damage by flak with 500+ holes but remaining crew brought aircraft back to crash landed on grass at RAF Manston, UK; Salvaged Cat E. Missing Air Crew Report 283. MY PRAYER.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5812 / Cannon Ball

42-5812 / Cannon Ball

Delivered Long Beach 26/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Pueblo 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-O] Polebrook 24/4/43; Missing in Action {9m} Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Max Pinkerton, Navigator: Chas Rosewall, Bombardier: Lee Santi, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clifton Langseth, Radio Operator: Paul Gallipeo, Ball turret gunner: Howie Licht, Waist gunner: Joe Roman, Waist gunner: Cliff Hall,Tail gunner: Howie Marvin (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Herb Berreau (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Bad Emms, eight miles E of Koblenz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 302. CANNON BALL.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Denver 2/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill Fd 17/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43 as POONTANG (never painted on); Missing in Action Schweinfurt (Regensburg) 17/8/43 with Curtis Biddick, Co-pilot: Dick Snyder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Godbey, Radio Operator: Bob DeKay (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Dennis, Bombardier: Dan McKay, Ball turret gunner: Walt Halunka, Waist gunner: Howard Brock, Waist gunner: Bill Blank,Tail gunner: Clarence Bowlin (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit nose which caught fire, crashed Schweinberg, 18 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 675. ESCAPE KIT.

B-17 #42-5867 / Alice from Dallas

42-5867 / Alice from Dallas

Delivered Long Beach 2/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-O] Thorpe Abbotts 30/5/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Roy Clayton, Co-pilot: Ray Nutting, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Burgin, Radio Operator: Bill Quinn, Waist gunner: Chas Bailey (5 evaded capture); Ball turret gunner: Bill Hinton, Waist gunner: Edmund Musante{chute caught on tail} (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Oscar Amison, Bombardier: Ken Lorch{originally evaded but caught eight months later},Tail gunner: Cliff Starkey (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Langerloo, five miles E of Hasselt, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 678. ALICE FROM DALLAS.

B-17 #42-5886 / The Jolly Roger

42-5886 / The Jolly Roger

Delivered Long Beach 21/4/43; Denver 5/3/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-D] Gt Ashfield 24/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43. Enemy aircraft, crash landed a mile from Woensdrecht a/fd, on the Holl/Bel. Border. Missing Air Crew Report 387A. THE JOLLY ROGER.

B-17 #42-5892 / Pregnant Portia

42-5892 / Pregnant Portia

Delivered Long Beach 25/4/43; Gore Fd 1/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 17/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-B] Gt Ashfield 18/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with John Keeley, crew unknown (10 Returned to Duty); damaged in fighter attacks, ditched Mediterranean Sea, 130 from North African coast. No MACR. PREGNANT PORTIA.

B-17 #42-5914 / Sack Time aka Roger Wilco

42-5914 / Sack Time aka Roger Wilco

Delivered Long Beach 5/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-Q] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Leslie Reichardt, Co-pilot: Bruno Roti, Navigator: Clem Sullivan, Bombardier: John Zavisno, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Biggs, Radio Operator: Mike Khoury, Ball turret gunner: Ben Phelper, Waist gunner: Ed Conan, Waist gunner: Bob Currie,Tail gunner: John Kelaher (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed SW of Darmstadt, Ger, Missing Air Crew Report 387B. SACK TIME aka ROGER WILCO.

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