B-17G Fortress 'Miss Donna Mae II' drifted under another bomber on a bomb run over Berlin, 19 May 1944. A 1,000 lb bomb from above tore off the left stabilizer and sent the plane into an uncontrollable spin. All 11 were killed. Photo 1 of 4

Caption   B-17G Fortress 'Miss Donna Mae II' drifted under another bomber on a bomb run over Berlin, 19 May 1944. A 1,000 lb bomb from above tore off the left stabilizer and sent the plane into an uncontrollable spin. All 11 were killed. Photo 1 of 4 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Feb 2015 05:11:11 PM

GREATEST GENERATION: DEATH OF A FORTRESS & CREW B-17G-20-BO Miss Donna Mae of the 332nd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Fortress was lost over Berlin, on May 19,1944. Photographs show 1,000lb bombs dropped by another B-17G-30-VE Trudy of the same Bomb Squadron, you can see 1,000lb bomb have hit the left horizontal stabilizer, aircraft went into a uncontrollable spin, due to G-Forces wings broke away. Crew lost no survivors. CREW OF DONNA MAE: OFFICERS First Lt. Marion U. Reid - Pilot Second Lt. Lewis T. Carter - Co-Pilot Second Lt. Roger F. Tessler - Navigator Second Lt. Stanley D. Duffield - Bombardier NCO's T/Sgt. Lee Z. Kieffer - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt. John F. Boone - Radio Operator/Gunner T/Sgt. John B. Davis - Radar Operator Staff/Sgt. Ludwig H. Hurth - Ball Turret Gunner Staff/Sgt. Richard E. Brennan - Starboard Waist Gunner Staff/Sgt. James A. Kalahar - Port Waist Gunner Staff/Sgt. Willard M. Christensen - Tail Gunner
2. Anonymous says:
19 Sep 2015 01:03:43 PM

I have original photos of miss Donna Mae crew on the ground in front Of planes nose
3. kendra says:
31 May 2016 11:32:25 AM

I'd love to have a copy. Are you willing to share?
4. Kent Amoth says:
26 Aug 2016 08:39:41 AM

This was the Miss Donna Mae II and it was with the 331st Bomb Squad. My Moms brother (my Uncle) was the tail Gunner. S/Sgt Willard M. Christensen
5. David Christensen says:
11 Nov 2016 08:37:41 PM

I too would be so greatfull to receive a copy of the photo of the Ms Donna Mae II and her crew.

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