B-17F 42-30142

On August 12, 1943, the Jesse D. Hausenfluck crew was assigned to fly 42-30142 to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. At an altitude of 19,000 feet, the #3 engine quit. Hausenfluck made the decision to let the prop windmill instead of feathering to keep from identifying the plane as a cripple to the German fighters. During heavy fighter attack, tailgunner Raymond Gregori was severely wounded in the shoulder and continued to man his guns, for which he received the Silver Star.

Two days later, on August 14, 42-30142 was flown to Little Staughton, where it was then transferred to the 388th BG.