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Sqdn Type No Accident Crew
B-17F-10-BO, Bad Egg, Nr 124484 91BG B-17F-10-BO
Flying Fortress
124484 This B-17F-10-BO, The Bad Egg, rolled off the Boeing production line just ahead of the famous Memphis Belle. She was one of seventeen 91st Group planes which fought through to Hamm in March 1943, after the rest of the attacking force had been recalled. She finally cracked up in Holland.  
A B-17F-90-BO, 42-30157, July 1943 Bassingbourn, July 1943 B-17F-90-BO
Flying Fortress
42-30157 A B-17F-90-BO, 42-30157, Hell's Belles overshot the runway at Bassingbourn in July 1943, completely wrenching the #2 engine from its mounting.  
Lackin Shackin, B-17G-5-VE, 42-39929 April 11, 1944,
near Hanover
Flying Fortress
42-39929 Lackin Shackin, a B-17G-5-VE serialled 42-39929, was on a mission to Stettin on April 11, 1944. Near Hanover a cluster of flak knocked out the two outboard engines. She limped along, then the left inboard engine gave trouble. The crew decided their only chance was neutral Sweden. Ten miles in from the sea, over what they thought was Denmark, a German Me210 attacked. The German missed and fired into a Swedish artillery post. The Swedes fired back and hit the Luftwaffe plane. Lackin Shackin circled the burning Messerscmitt and headed east. A warning shot hit the B-17 and the crew bailed out, except for pilot Frank Ammon, who looked for somewhere to put the Fortress down. He missed a field of flowers and bellied into a plowed field, crashing through a stone wall. He walked out, dazed and pleasantly surprised to find he was near Ystad, Sweden.  
27 September 1944 508 B-17 298004
Boeing B-17 298004/YB:H, of 508th Bomb Squadron, on 27 September 1944. Over Cologne an 88 mm shell entered the fuselage and killing the gunner, Sgt Kenneth Divil. Radio operator, Sgt John Kurtz, fell from the aircraft and survived as a POW. Capt G. Geiger, seen surveying the damage, kept control and made a safe landing. POW Sgt John Kurtz; KIA Sgt Kenneth Divil
5 November 1943
68 Liberator B-24
Liberator 27535/U of the 68th Bomb Squadron on 5 November 1943 at Shipdham. Flying on the outer side of the formation, it had been picked out in an attack by FW 190s. Pilot Lt R. A. Parker managed to bring the cripple home. The bomber was repaired and later used for transport work.  
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Sqdn Type No Accident Crew
B-17G-50-DL, 46316 Molesworth 91BG B-17G-50-DL 46316 A B-17G-50-DL from the 303rd Bomb Group, crashed at Molesworth. The aircraft letter on the tail is yellow outlined in black, the serial is yellow and the surround to the triangle is red.
B-17G-25-BO, 42-31636, Outhouse Mouse 323 B-17G-25-BO 42-31636 Outhouse Mouse was 42-31636, a B-17G-25-BO. Her code letters were OR-N and she was in the 323rd Squadron. She was a fine complement to her sister ship Nine-O-Nine, racking up 139 missions for a grand total of 279 missions between the old aircraft. Outhouse Mouse also had the distinction of being the first B-17 attacked by an Me163 rocket fighter, on August 16, 1944.
May 1943
327 YB-40 25745
YB-40 25745/UX:H of the 327th Bomb Squadron, the only unit to be equipped with this type.
325 B-17F 23165
B-17F, 23165/NV:G of the 325th Bomb Squadron. It was shot down by flak on 26 November 1943, seven of the crew being killed and three made POWs. 7 KIA
91BG B-17G-15-BO
Flying Fortress
42-31333 One of her crews poses proudly by Wee Willie, another seemingly indestructible 91st Group B-17G, about the time she reached the hundred mission mark.
over Stendahl
April 8, 1945
322 B-17G-15-BO
"Wee Willie"
42-31333 B-17G-15-BO "Wee Willie", 322d BS, 91st BG, after direct flak hit on her 128th mission. Her serial was 42-31333, and she was the last B-17 lost in combat by the group.


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