43-37821 RED HOT MAMA

B-17G-70-BO 43-37821

711th SQ


Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/44; Kearney 4/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 20/6/44; 710BG.


Missing in Action Berlin 6 October 1944 with the Mateyka crew aboard 43-37821. Enemy aircraft above Berlin, headed for England, but had to ditch. Ditched in the North Sea, according to MACR, about 50 miles off the Firian Island of Norderney, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 9779. RED HOT MAMA.

Vladimir A. Mateyka Pilot POW
Keith W. Mc Call Co-Pilot POW
Louis Sobolof Navigator POW
Virgil W. Ethridge Bombardier POW
Anthony V. Carnesi Top Turret gunner POW
Laverne T. Pratt Radio Operator POW
Eugene F. Schmitt Ball Turret gunner POW
John F. Simpson Waist gunner POW
Thomas R. Davis Tail gunner POW



2Lt. Louis Sobolof; Navigator on “Red Hot Mama” B-17 43-37821 when it ditched in the North Sea. Captured and sent to Stalag deep into Germany.










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