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42-102532

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-O] Framlingham 11/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Dick Tannehill, Navigator: Bob Horst, Bombardier: Elmer Leggett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry O’Connor, Radio Operator: Nick Mihalik, Ball turret gunner: Ervin Joseph, Waist gunner: Phil Sorenson, Waist gunner: John Garner, Tail gunner: Larry O’Conner (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Layton Vernie (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ostermoor, near Schleswig, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4953.

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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Autry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Robert Baldi

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Andrew Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • John Garner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42102532. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edmund Hajduk

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42102532. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Horst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42102532. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ervin Joseph

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42102532. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Leggett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102532, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ellis McClintick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Served in the Air Force for 30 years. Served as a navigator during the war. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel ...

  • Nicholas Mihalik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42102532. 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 19 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 21:14:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4935 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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