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43-37866

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 8/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-B] Framlingham 29/6/44. Missing in Action Stuttgart 5 September 1944 with Pilot 1st Lt Thomas F. Gallagher, Co-Pilot Captain Alvin W. Jaspers, Navigator: 2nd Lt Daniel Foley Jr, Bombardier: 2nd Lt Victor H. Estes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: T/Sgt William H. Marra, Radio Operator: T/Sgt Robert E. Miner, Ball turret gunner: S/Sgt James B. Eckman, Waist gunner: S/Sgt Ernst Feibusch, Tail gunner: 2nd Lt Walter L. Underwood (9 INT). Flak KO’d #1 & #4 engines over Stuttgart. The Fortress was seen losing altitude, but under control and following the formation. Last sighted on the west side of the Rhine at 14,000ft. Pilot Gallagher understood they couldn't get back to England and aimed for Switzerland, where he force-landed at the Dubendorf airfield in Switzerland. Crew interned, but officers Gallagher, Estes, Foley, Jaspers and Underwood were back under Allied Military control in September already. Missing Air Crew Report 8456. Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 7 October 1945 - Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. BLUES IN THE NIGHT.

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

  • James Eckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

  • Victor Estes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Ernst Feibusch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. 'I was one of those [who flew out of Britain] (390th BG) we were shot down over Stuttgart (25th mission).'

  • Daniel Foley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Military | Major | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed B-17 #43-37866 in Switzerland on 5 September 1944, after being hit by Flak over Stuttgart, Germany. Also served in Korea.

  • Alvin Jaspers

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned for a short time in neutral Switzerland.

  • William Marra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Robert Miner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Walter Underwood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

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) Dubendorf, Switzerland 5 September 1944

force-landed

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 09:12:23 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8456

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8456 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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