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42-97821

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 7/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 8/5/44; Missing in Action Mainz 8/9/44 with Jim Handley, Navigator: Frank Capek, Bombardier: Glenn Lee, Radio Operator: Jim Stubbs, Ball turret gunner: Albt Spacil, Waist gunner: Norman Keller,Tail gunner: breaking aircraft in twoTony Dymek (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Paul Hadley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arthur Brown (2 Prisoner of War); flak, then exploded and crashed Neuholf N of Wiesbaden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8602. CHAFF WAGON.

Service

Units

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Idstein on 9/8/44 in B-17 Chaff Wagon 42-97821. POW

  • Frank Capek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Idstein in B-17 Chaff Wagon #4297821

  • Malcolm Dinsmore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Anthony Dymek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Idstein in B-17 'Chaff Wagon' #42-97821, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Hadley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Idstein on 9/8/44 in B-17 Chaff Wagon 42-97821.

  • James Handley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Idstein in B-17 Chaff Wagon #4297821

  • Taisto Huhtala

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner/Waist gunner/Bombardier-Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Taisto Huhtala's father Henry was born on 7 December 1890 in Ylistaro, Vaasan Lääni (Vaasa Province), Finland. Henry emigrated to the United States and married US-born Aili Johnson. Their son Taisto Huhtala flew as a Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner and then...

  • Norman Keller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Idstein in B-17 "Chaff Wagon" 42-97821.

  • Glenn Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Idstein in B-17 Chaff Wagon 42-97821.

  • Albert Spacil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Albert A. Spacil was killed in Action (KIA) on September 11, 1944, when his aircraft, "Flack Wagon", aircraft number 42-97821, piloted by James P. Handley, was hit in or near the bomb bay by 88mm anti-aircraft fire at it approached its...

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Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 20:39:16 jefflhead Changes to markings
Sources

Details from mission on Sep 11, 1944 and other documentation and letters from the ball turret gunner, Staff Sergeant Albert Alvin Spacil who dies on Sep 11, 1944 in the aircraft on that, their second to last mission.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 20:33:43 jefflhead Changes to nicknames
Sources

Details from mission on Sep 11, 1944 and other documentation and letters from the ball turret gunner, Staff Sergeant Albert Alvin Spacil who dies on Sep 11, 1944 in the aircraft on that, their second to last mission.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 19:11:32 jefflhead Changes to nicknames
Sources

Museum and USAAF Records, as well as Uncle Albert's records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8602 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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