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43-37519

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 9/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-J] Framlingham 25/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Edwin Booth, Quentin Davidson, John Walsh, Joe Jackson (4 Killed in Action); Herb Gates, Bill Long, Tony Morreale, Bruce Greeno (4 Prisoner of War); Abe Elhai (evaded capture); flak hit and exploded, crashed Zwickau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11133. JOKER.

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

  • Edwin Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 43-37519 'De Joker', Killed in Action.

  • John Cederlind

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Simmern in B-17 #448319

  • Quentin Davidson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337519 'De Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Edmondson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Pilot in the 571st Squadron, 390th Bomb Group in Framlingham arriving 8 April 1944 and leaving 13 Sept 1944. ...

  • Abraham Elhai

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337519 'De Joker. ' Evaded.

  • Herbert Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337519 'De Joker. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bruce Greeno

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337519 'De Joker. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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...

  • Joseph Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37519 'De Joker', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337519 'De Joker. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 30 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11133 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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