42-37864 MARTY (Bombing Belle?)

B-17G-15-DL 42-37864

709th SQ

Wreckage of 42-37864 after crashing at Neerbeek, Holland, on the 20th May 1944.



Controversy over the correct number of the plane in photo, identifiable as the Bomb’n Belle by the nose art, but some possibility of being 42-37864. See explanation on the page for 42-3487


Delivered Denver 25/10/43; Harvard 29/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG [IE-K] Rattlesden 21/11/43. Assigned Aircraft of the Flemming Crew until their tour was completed in early May 1944. 


42-37864 Missing in Action on the 20 May 1944 mission to Brussels.

Charles R. Mitchell Pilot  
Edward H. Frost Co-pilot  
Andrew A. Marcin Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner  
 Eugene P. Szulczewski Ball Turret gunner  
Robert E. Sasse Left Waist gunner  
Richard J. Kindig Right Waist gunner  
Raymond F. McCarthy Tail gunner  
Joseph G. Keenan Navigator POW
Leo D. McLaughlin Bombardier POW
Paul D. Dickerson Radio Operator POW

Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 4938

Actually hit by friendly fire from another 447BG B-17, crashed Neerbeek-Beek, about 15km NE of Maastricht



Some of the crew evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Resistance. See the full story of their evasion at this link


709SQ; HARVARD; FTR Brussels 5/20/44 w/Mitchell; flak, cr Neerbeck Hol; 7EVD 3POW (Name provided by D. Flemming)




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Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database