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42-97141

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44; battle damaged Soest with Lt Culver 28/1/45, lost 2 engines, force landed continent, T/Sgt Howard B Hovis (WIA) 9 x RTD, 1 x WIA; Salvaged 9/3/45. MARY JANE II.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Arntsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship', Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Brooks

    Military | Major | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    MAJ EDWARD H. BROOKS JR. USMA JAN 1943 Cullum No. 13425-1943JAN | September 22, 1945 | Died in St. Trond, Belgium American Military Cemetery of Margraten, Holland ...

  • Cornell Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288, Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Culver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288. Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Hovis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Toggelier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Harry S Culver crew. 28 x combat missions. Wounded in knee aboard battle damaged B-17 42-97141 'Mary Jane II' on Soest mission 28-Jan-45, force landed continent. ...

  • Ferdinand Lancour

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 9-Dec-44 raid to Stuttgart aboard B-17 42-97141; “Sgt. Ferdinand A Lancour of the 325th Squadron, engineer of 2nd Lt Harry S Culver’s crew, displayed considerable courage in attempting to close open-and-jammed bomb...

  • Jack Schafer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship', Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Stevens

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship' Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ray Weislar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Samuel Yandian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry S Culver crewmember. 34 x combat missions, sat out his crews final mission [18-Mar-45], as he wanted to finish his 35 mission tour with his crewmates, their final mission led them to be interned in Sweden. ETD....

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Missions

  • 743

    9 December 1944

  • 809

    28 January 1945

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 30 January 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 30-Jan-44.

Assigned Podington , UK 22 March 1944

Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44

Crashed Belgium 28 January 1945

Battle damaged Soest mission 28-Jan-45, force landed continent Lt Culver.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2019 16:17:36 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97141-mary-jane-ii/
http://92ndma.org/miscellaneous/Newsletters/newsletter.395.pdf

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2019 15:34:28 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97141-mary-jane-ii/

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2019 14:27:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97141-mary-jane-ii/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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