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Crew 10 of the 613th Bomb Squadron, 401st Bomb Group, who have just returned from a bombing mission over Europe, pose in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Bonnie Donnie' at an 8th Air Force Base in England, 3 February 1944.

1Lt Stelzer crew (401st BG 613th BS) , not in order : Stelzer-pilot, Johnson-copilot, Hobbs-navigator, Warren-bombardier, Pack-radio, Hecker-engineer, Black-ball turret gunner, Rice-tail gunner, Holland-left waist gunner, Nicely-right waist gunner.



  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron


  • Thomas Holland

    Military | Sergeant

  • John Nicely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    He flew on B-17 'The Saint and Ten Sinners'. Completed 25 missions from 22 Dec 1943 to 05 May 1944. His pilot was Robert Stelzer. DFC, AM 2Oak Leaf Cluster, GC, Unit Citation,

  • Jessie Pack

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Robert Stelzer crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa' 8-May-44; shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • A Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Edward Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa' 8-May-44; shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4586 Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EMEA (1 x Battle Star).

  • Robert Stelzer

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. "The Bonnie Donnie" flown by Capt Stelzer, after Frankfurt mission set down on her belly. Rains and snow had mired the ground on adjacent turf so that a glide landing would have been impossible...

  • Robert Warren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    completed 25 missions


  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 09:43:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations