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42-102440

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; MacDill 20/3/43; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-K] Framlingham 5/4/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg (12m) 28/5/44 with Walt Weigle, Co-pilot: Chas Richardson Wounded in Action, Navigator: Herman Preusser, Bombardier: Elmer Severson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Curiston, Radio Operator: Don Rudolph, Ball turret gunner: Irvin Moiszewski, Waist gunner: Joe Becker, Waist gunner: Gale Minor,Tail gunner: Alex Spotanski (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Luben Estate, two miles NE of Burg, near Magdeburg, Ger. MACR 5254. SILVER SLIPPER.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Curiston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gale Minor

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irvin Moiszewski

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Preusser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Richardson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Rudolph

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Severson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alexander Spotanski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Weigle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102440 'Silver Slipper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944
Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 3 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 3-Mar-44.

Assigned Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13, UK 5 April 1944

Assigned 568BS/390BG, 8AF USAAF 5-Apr-44.

Failed to Return (FTR) NE of Burg bei Magdeburg, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Luben Estate, two miles NE of Burg, near Magdeburg. MACR 5254.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 17:23:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28653697

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5254 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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