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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/9/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44;

This aircraft supposedly was lost on 17 April 1943 over Palermo. The crew consisting of Harold P Schirmer, William F Murray Jr, Arthur J Price, Vernon J Reed, Jack D Stout, Louie Rosetti, Charles H Starin, Howard Pollock, Clarence P Somers and John V Lyons were all killed in action in the incident. However this crew are also documented as being lost on the same date on B-17 42-5133



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Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered West Palm Beach, FL, USA 7 January 1943

Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43

Assigned 71040 Amendola FG, Italy March 1943

Assigned 342BS/97BG

Crashed Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy 16 April 1943

Lost Palermo, Italy to flak and fighters 16-Apr-43.


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 14:12:29 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer and description

Information about the aircraft from Joe Baugher

Amended description to reflect that it is not clear which aircraft William F Murray and his crew crashed on. They are listed on the Missing Air Crew Report for this aircraft, but according to a relative of Harold Schirmer on, and information on Find a Grave they were on B-17 42-5133

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2017 20:15:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945: Volume 3: Tunisia and the end in Africa Nov 42 - May 43 By Christopher Shores, Giovanni Massimello

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log