42-31892 - Ill Be Around - The Skillet

Note : The B-17G, 42-31892, was one of several B-17Gs in the 8th Air Force named, I'll Be Around, after the popular song in 1944, "I'll Be Around". WWII air crews often chose to name their airplanes with names already in use.

Production Block : B-17G-30-BO - SN 42-31892
Manufacturer : Boeing
Bomb Group : 390th Bomb Group
Bomb Squadron : 570th Bomb Squadron
RCL: DI-H
Fate: Lost by mechanical fault (FTR). - Fire. 4 Jun 1944.
The B-17G, 42-31892, named, I'll Be Around, also named, The Skillet, was delivered to Cheyenne, 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-H] Framlingham 19/2/44.

The aircraft suffered an oxygen fire while assembling for a mission to Boulogne, Germany. Lt. Andy Brown, the Command pilot remained on board in an attempt to land, but crashed at Easthorpe, near Colchester, and was KIA. The rest of crew bailed out successfully. 9 RTS - 1 KIA. 4/6/44. Aircraft was salvaged (RTS). 5/7/44.

B-17G - 42-31892 - I'll be Around Crew :

Lt. Andy Brown - Command Pilot (Killed in Action)
Lt. Leroy Holmberg - Co-pilot
George Benton - Navigator
Ellis McClintick - Bombardier
Jack Pelton - Radio Operator
Bob Pinkus - Ball Turret Gunner
Dick Autry - Waist Gunner
Jim Gates - Waist Gunner
Bob Baldi - Tail Gunner
Bill Kick - Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15322063
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38133497
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer

Places

Missions

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ill Be Around
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 338th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ill Be Around

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Cheyenne, WY 1943-12-31

Assigned

Framlingham Airfield, UK 1944-02-19

Other

Crashed

near Easthorpe, Essex, UK 1944-06-04 a/c suffered oxygen fire during assembly. Attempted crash landing at Easthorpe, Essex. All had bailed out except for pilot. The flight engineer was KIA.

Revisions

Date7 Nov 2021 04:51:46
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Name spacing added. - Kickapoo

Date7 Nov 2021 01:06:37
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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress - The Queen Of The Skies - Master Log. Dave Osborne.

Date7 Nov 2021 00:59:41
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B-17 Bomber - Flying Fortress - Queen Of The Skies. - Master Log - 42-31892 - I'll Be There. Dave Osborne

Date6 Nov 2021 10:18:01
ContributorKickapoo
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The B-17 Bomber - B-17 Fortress Master Log - Dave Osborne,

Date29 Nov 2020 01:41:07
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Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:41
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log