B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies B-17E

“Big Tail”

The first of the “Big Ass” B-17’s arrived England to equip the US 8th Air Force in July 1942. All the planes had been modified with enlarged gun windows and 0.50-calibre guns on either side of the nose. Further modifications were made to them after they were operational including work on the radio, bomb rack, lighting, oxygen, extinguisher and survival systems. By the time the B-17E had been shipped across the Atlantic, newer models were already coming off the Boeing production line. In fact, the B-17E was only on full combat status for just over two weeks before the appearance of the B-17F’s

The B-17E was not used in great numbers for combat because the F model was so different in performance that it made joint operations, using both planes unlikely. The B-17E took a back seat and was eventually esed as a trainer, a transport and a target-tower. With its armaments removed it could give better handling and speed.

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9051 / Flaming Maybe

41-9051 / Flaming Maybe

Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; 327BS/92BG Bovingdon, then 326BS [UX-O] (?407)] /9/42; col with 41-9021 in taxi accident with Roland Sargeant 25/6/43; repaired and transferred 813BS/482BG Alconbury 1/9/43; detailed UK navigation operation 14/9/43, with Capt Bill Anderson{813 CO), Co-pilot: Bob Sudbury, Navigator: Capt Ray Oeftiger, Bombardier: Ray Diltz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bryson Hills, Radio Operator: Bob Jacobsen, passengers: Lts Theo Doe, Clarry Ballagh, Majors Tom Henderson{482BG}, Henry Williams{1BW} (10 Killed in Service); crashed Skiddaw Mountain, 20 SSW Carlisle at Keswick, Cumb.; Written off 21/1/44. FLAMING MAYBE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2644

41-2644

Delivered Lowry 7/3/42; Boise 6/4/42; Assigned 28BS/19BG Hawaii 22/4/42; damaged Rabual 7/8/42, rep; retUS 31/8/44; Written off 19/10/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9138

41-9138

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/42; Wayne 19/6/42; RCAF Dorval 23/6/42; Gander-Prestwick 4/7/42 with Paul Zimmerman to RAF [FK202]; Royal Aircraft Est. Boscomb Down, Wilts. LRASV trials 11/7/42; 59 Sq (PJ-B) Thorney Is, 13/12/42; 220 Sq (NR-L) Benbecula, Scot. 4/8/43; to Thorney Island, St Mawgan then Lagens, Azores 20/10/43; Missing in Action on meteorological sweep, with Harry Webster, Co-pilot: Alf Dungate, Bill Offler, Jim Walton, Bill Potter, Alex Christie, John McKay, Max Varney (8 Killed in Action); crashed in sea 500 miles SW Terceira, Azores 25/10/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2597

41-2597

Delivered MacDill 20/2/42; missing with Hugh Millis & crew 6/5/42, crashed at sea off Florida ?

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9160

41-9160

Delivered SAAD 2/5/42; Mitchell 29/6/42; Langley 1/7/42; Bolling 6/12/42; Olmstead 18/2/43; Wilmington 16/6/43; Mitchell 4/7/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 11/4/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2643

41-2643

Delivered Lowry 2/3/42; Assigned 93BS/19BG Hawaii 26/5/42; transferred 64BS/43BG; Missing in Action Lakunai 9/8/42 with Hugh S. Grundman, Co-pilot: Leroy Foltz, Navigator: Don Bonham, Bombardier: Frank Burton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Takala (indentified in wreckage after war), Radio Operator: Jim McHugh, Ball turret gunner: Harry Isles, Waist gunner: Ken Dake,Tail gunner: Bob McClure, (9 Killed in Action); shot down by fighter and crashed Rondahls Plantation, near Kabanga Bay, Mokurapua, New Britain. Missing Air Crew Report 15660.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2409 / Old Maid

41-2409 / Old Maid

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD) 12-Jan-41; Assigned 431BS/11BG Hickam Field, HI 30-Jan-42; wore shadow shading camouflage, crash landed Guadalcanal with Bill Keys 25-Nov-42. Written off 20-Sep-43. OLD MAID. Never served in the UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2640 / Tojo’s Physic

41-2640 / Tojo’s Physic

Delivered Lowry 5/3/42; Assigned 93BS/19BG Hawaii 22/4/42; transferred 9BS/7BG taxi collision with 41-2460 at Horn Is, N Aus. with Capt Carey O’Bryan hit by aircraft on ground sheering nose off (30/7/42?) 27/7/43, Salvaged. TOJO’S PHYSIC.

B-17 #41-9108 / Alabama Exterminator

41-9108 / Alabama Exterminator

Delivered Sarasota 342BS/97BG 15/4/42; Presque Is 31/5/42; from Goose Bay with John Holmes, Co-pilot: Fred Shelton, Navigator: Jones Calloway, Bombardier: Ed Branch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Brennan, Radio Operator: John Fellows, g-John Lynn, g-George Witham. (all 8 Returned to Duty) crashed Egedaminde, Greenland 26/6/42. Written off. ALABAMA EXTERMINATOR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2602

41-2602

Delivered Tucson 25/2/42; West Palm Beach 17/4/42; Assigned 12AF 29/4/43; Ret US Memphis 10/4/44; Morrison 8/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Bush Fd 2/6/45.