Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, s/n: 42-29779B 17 Boeing Flying Fortress2

The Incident at Keflavík: (April 30.1943)

On ferry flight from USA to Europe thru Meeks Field, pilot P.H. Best was taxiing to take off position when the aircraft skidded off the taxiway. Minor damages to the aircraft were repaired at Meeks Field.

The Crew:

Pilot Best P. H. and his crew survived.

The incident over Wulfen, E of Osnabruck, Germany: (July 28.1943)

Aircraft 42-29779 (306th BG “Bab´s Best”) was shot down by German Fighter.

The Crew:

6 members of the crew were killed. 4 crew members were taken prisoners (POW) for the rest of the war. (Ref. Missing Air Crew Reports MACR)

The Aircraft:

Mfg.: Boeing
Type: B-17F Flying Fortress (Heavy Bomber)
S/N: 42-29779

Ferry Operation: USAAF 19. Ferry Squadron / 3. Ferry Group. Air Transport.Babs Best Meeks FieldWar operation: USAAF 306th Bomber Group / 423rd Bomber Squadron.

Details on aircraft: Wikipedia, Youtube

F. Eydal  H to H
USAAF Loss list
J. Bauger

First Updated, 12 January 2017
Last Update, 27 October 2018 (Wulfen incident added)