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42-5081

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 17/9/42; West Palm Beach 17/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-V] Molesworth 15/2/43; took off from RAF Colerne, NI on training mission and involved in landing accident at RAF Filton, 17/10/43 with Dave Shelhamer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J.K. Willett, Radio Operator: W.L. Harvie, pass-Capt J.E.Whitaker, Capt M. Supernick, Cpl E.L. Hughes; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5/4/44; 419BS/301BG Lucera 7/7/44; 1m Returned to the USA 4136 BU Tinker 27/4/44; Recl Comp Eglin 3/1/46. LADY/ LUSCIOUS/ LADY.

Service

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron
  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Oldrich Fojt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 303rd Bomb Group
    T/Sgt Oldrich Fojt served as a crew chief. His B-17s flew 100 missions: B-17G #42-32037 "Betty Jane" (427BS) GN-A - 86 missions and B-17G #44-8692 "Little Tillie" aka "Sweet Tillie" (427BS) GN-E - 14 missions.Total 100 missions.

  • Frank Furman

    Military | Master Sergeant | GC | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Warren Harvie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 accident upon landing at Filton when a tire blew and B17#42 -5081 'Luscious Lady' swung off the runway into soft ground. All crew returned.

  • Edwin Hughes

    Military | Corporal | passenger | 303rd Bomb Group
    Passenger on 17 October 1943. Accident upon landing at Filton when a tire blew and B17#42-5081 'Luscious Lady' swung off the runway into soft ground. All crew returned.

  • Howard Isaacson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineering | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Monroe Klein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Richard Scharch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radioman | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Meyer Supernick

    Military | Captain | passenger | 303rd Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 accident upon landing at Filton when a tire blew and B17#42-5081 'Luscious Lady' swung off the runway into soft ground. All crew returned.

  • Charles Twesten

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew; Mechanic | 303rd Bomb Group
    Mechanic on B -17s

  • James Whitaker

    Military | Captain | passenger | 303rd Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 accident upon landing at Filton when a tire blew and B17#42-5081 'Luscious Lady' swung off the runway into soft ground. All crew returned.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Colerne

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1940 as an RAF Fighter Station, with US fighters based here in late 1942.

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Landing accident RAF Filton 17 October 1943

Was back flying after repairs were made.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 12:50:13 Dr Daniel Changes to mission associations
Sources

mission added-
http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/033.pdf

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 12:45:12 Dr Daniel Changes to place associations
Sources

Places added-
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5081-luscious-lady/

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 12:04:50 Dr Daniel Changes to production block number, manufacturer and unit associations
Sources

Manufacturer added and added to units served with, Production block number added-
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-35-bo-42-5079-42-...
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5081-luscious-lady/

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 11:54:18 Dr Daniel Changes to person associations
Sources

People associated with this aircraft added-
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5081-luscious-lady/

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 11:40:13 Dr Daniel Changes to mission associations
Sources

Missions added-
https://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&fil...

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 11:33:39 Dr Daniel Changes to events
Sources

Event added-
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5081-luscious-lady/

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 11:24:06 Dr Daniel Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Description of markings added and nickname-
http://www.303rdbg.com/gc-lusciouslady.html

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2019 11:14:53 Dr Daniel Changes to person associations
Sources

People connected to aircraft added-
http://www.303rdbg.com/gc-lusciouslady.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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