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42-102936

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 30/5/44; transferred 569BS/390BG [CC-P] Framlingham 1/6/44; detailed Brest, Fr. 26/8/44 with Paul Bellamy, Co-pilot: Jim Graba, Bombardier: Joe Lee, Radio Operator: Irvin Casey, Ball turret gunner: Bob Hunter (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ray Klausing, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Walsh, Waist gunner: Louis Conser,Tail gunner: Rich McAteer (4 Returned to Duty); mid air coll with 42-97182; crashed Weston, near Stevenage, Herts., UK. The wreckage also killed two civilians; Salvaged 27/8/44.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97182 Ding Dong Daddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-P] Fram lingham 16/3/44; (51m) battle damaged Brest gun batteries 26/8/44 with George Smith, Co-pilot: Carleton Sacco, Navigator: Bob Taylor, Bombardier: Herman...

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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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Bellamy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 42-102936. Mid-air collision on form-up.

  • Irvin Casey

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Gunner on B-17G 42-102936. Mid-air collision. Crashed near Hitchin, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Louis Conser

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 27

  • Theodore Fluke

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 71

  • James Graba

    Military | Lieutenant | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Hunter

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #42-102936. Mid-air collision.

  • Raymond Klausing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Was in mid-air crash, two B-17's north of London. All in one crew killed. Four of his crew, including Klausing, were blown out of plane and parachuted to safety. Crew Number 27

  • Joseph Lee

    Military | Bombardier, Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #42-102936. Mid-air collison. Crashed near Hitchin, England

  • Richard McAteer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Was in mid-air crash, two B-17's north of London. All in one crew killed. Four of his crew, including McAteer, were blown out of plane and parachuted to safety.

  • Frederick Walsh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Was in mid-air crash, two B-17's north of London. All in one crew killed. Four of his crew, including Walsh were blown out of plane and parachuted to safety. Crew Number 27

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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 20 April 1944
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 1 June 1944

390BG
569BS

Crashed Weston, UK 26 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 22:30:17 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings and events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
Personal Collection

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2016 10:13:23 Lucy May Changes to events, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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