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42-102677

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Billings 3/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44. Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 27/5/44. Missing in Action on the 14 January 1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Pilot Gerald W. Johnston, Radio Operator William J. Parks, Waist Gunner Dayton C. Kelly, Spot Jammer Joseph L. Redpath, Tail Gunner James S. Lawman (5 Killed in Action). Co-Pilot Matthew R. Robinson, Navigator Donald L. Lash, Bombardier Frank D. O’Neill, Top Turret Gunner Russell P. Hardy and Ball Turret Gunner Ben Marshall survived and were made Prisoners of War. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Garlitz, 18km North of Brandenburg. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11725.

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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Russell Hardy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Russell Hardy was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Gerald Johnston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Gerald Johnston was Pilot of B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Dayton Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Dayton Kelly was Waist Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Donald Lash

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Donald Lash was Navigator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Lawman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    James Lawman was Tail Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Ben Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Ben Marshall was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frank O'Neill

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Frank O’Neill was Bombardier on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Parks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    William Parks was Radio Operator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Redpath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Spot Jammer (SJ) | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Redpath was Spot Jammer on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Robinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Matthew Robinson was Co-Pilot on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

Missions

  • 792

    14 January 1945

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 14 January 1945

shot down by fighters, crashed near Garlitz, 18km North of Brandenburg, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 10:10:03 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

The Pilot was Gerard Johnston, not Johnson...
MACR 11725
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11725 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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