B-17 43-38343 "The Big Gear" on Mission to Rheine Germany 20 Jan 1945
Close up of 43-38343 "The Big Gear" on Mission to Rheine Germany 20 Jan 1945. This is a detailed cut-out from an original image at: www.flickr.com/photos/johnfunk/5303925024
Lew Funk's mission log from this day states: 1-20-45, Rheine Germany, Marshalling Yard Dropped by PFF on 10/10/, Considerable flak but not too accurate. No. 1 Engine blew up on Rivetts ship, He bailed out in North Sea Pilot Hemmersly, Ship #402, Time 6:00
Online Comments on Flickr:
Sheley, D., Online posting, January 8, 2011
"The Big Gear"
Boeing B-17G-85-BO Flying Fortress
391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF
Being flown by the Werth crew (Combat Crew #87) on this mission.