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42-102956

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-K] Framlingham 23/5/44 GIRL OF MY DREAMS; Missing in Action Derben 14/1/45 with Paul Goodrich, Len Losch (2 Killed in Action); Ray Thomas, Erwin Lutzer, Frank Piston, Jim Thomas, George Zadzora, Jim Horan, Ralph Spence (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Vietnitz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11726. DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS.

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

  • Paul Goodrich

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus'. Shot down by fighters.

  • James Horan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 January 1945 in A/C #42-102956 'Docs Flying Circus', Prisoner of War (POW). DFC/ AM/ PH/ POW/ 2 Polish Crosses (1) Me 109

  • Leonard Losch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus'. Shot down by fighters.

  • Erwin Lutzer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus'. Shot down by fighters.

  • Frank Piston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). On 14 Jan 1945 in B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus', shot down by fighters.

  • Ralph Spence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 January 1945 in A/C #42-102956 'Docs Flying Circus', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jim Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus', shot down by fighters.

  • Raymond Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus', shot down by fighters.

  • George Zadzora

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters in B-17 #42-102956 'Doc's Flying Circus'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11726 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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