42-102547 Elizabeth, The Princess, Rose of York

Princess Elizabeth and an airman of the 306th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102547) nicknamed "Rose of York", that has been named in her honour, 6 July 1944. Written on slide casing: 'Rose of York.'

Object Number - FRE 5939 - Princess Elizabeth and Col Claude Putnam C/O of the 306th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102547) nicknamed "Rose of York",...

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 2/5/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 5/5/44. Missing in Action 63M Berlin 3 February 1945 with Vernor F. Daley Jr, Co-pilot: Joseph J. Carbine, Navigator: Paul A. Becker, Bombardier: Robert E. Crede, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reisel R. Horn, Radio Operator: Porfirio J. Marquez, Ball turret gunner: George W. Petrillo, Waist gunner: Silvio P. DeZolt, Tail gunner: Okey R. Coplin, Passenger: BBC News correspondent Guy Byam (10 Killed in Action). Hit by Flak over target and on the return flight. In the last radio contact, the pilot reported that one engine had been shot out and another losing gasoline and that they were headed for the English Coast. Nothing was heard nor found about the Fortress and the men on board, which were considered as having crashed in the Channel, with all men on board Missing In Action. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12283. ROSE OF YORK.

Named for the then Princess Elizabeth Windsor (now Queen Elizabeth II) the Rose of York was originally name Princess Elizabeth but that did not meet with any official approval. The aircraft was renamed 'Rose of York' instead and was christened by the Princess on her royal visit to the airfield. It was part of the 306th Bomb Group throughout it's 62 successful missions. It was destroyed on the return from a raid to Berlin on it's 63rd mission, hit by accurate and concentrated AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another streaming gasoline, lost over the English channel with all 9 crew and a reporter.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-783101
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Service Numbers: R224685 (Royal Navy)
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent BBC
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13080871 / O-829796
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35847952
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 367th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13130654
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Tail Gunner

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Missions

  • Date: 3 February 1945

Events

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Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

English Channel 1945-02-03 Missing in Action on raid to Berlin 3-Feb-45 with 9 man crew and BBC News correspondent Guy Byam (10 KIA Total); hit by flak, crashed Channel, MACR 12283.

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Renamed

Thurleigh, Bedford, Bedford MK44, UK 1944-07-06 Initially named in honour of Princess Elizabeth 'Elizabeth', then renamed 'The Princess' and finally named 'Rose of York' in a presentation attended by the King, Queen and Princess at Thurleigh.

Revisions

Date18 May 2022 18:56:46
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date14 May 2021 02:11:29
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date17 Feb 2019 09:27:28
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 12283
Corrected some last names, completed first names and added middle initials

Date9 Sep 2015 23:15:39
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date15 Jul 2015 16:02:33
Contributorjrugman
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Page 141, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

Date10 Feb 2015 21:26:06
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:10
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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