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42-107176

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-C] Framlingham 10/4/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/1/45 with Bill Spragins, Bill Brandt, Junius Yount, John Molans, Ed Sawyer, George Heginbotham, Carl DuBose, Jeremiah Withers, John Lesac (9 Killed in Action); feathered engine on assembly and crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 11801. THE UNINVITED MISSIONAIRES.

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

  • Arne Anderson

    Military | Engineer/Top Turret | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 14

  • William Brandt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Spragins crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in B-17 42-107176 'Univited Missionaries'; crashed into channel Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11801 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Samuel Burruss

    Military | Bombardier/Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 14

  • Carl Du Bose

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 25 (Bill Spragins) crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in B-17 42-107176 'Univited Missionaries'; crashed into channel Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11801 Awards: AM, PH.

  • George Heginbotham

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 25 (Bill Spragins) crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in B-17 42-107176 'Univited Missionaries'; crashed into channel Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11801 Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Lesac

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 25 (Bill Spragins) crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in B-17 42-107176 'Univited Missionaries'; crashed into channel Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11801 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Horace Martin

    Military | Co pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 53

  • John Molans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | NCO Bombardier / Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 25 (Bill Spragins) crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in B-17 42-107176 'Univited Missionaries'; crashed into channel Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11801 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Donald Mullaney

    Military | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 14

  • John Papastefan

    Military | waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 5

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Missions

  • 803

    21 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 14 March 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 14-Mar-44.

Assigned Framlingham, UK 10 April 1944

Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Sea 21 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim 21-Jan-45 with Spragins crew; crashed into North Sea 9 x KIA MACR 11801

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 16:48:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46707093

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2018 11:40:54 Emily Changes to nicknames, person associations and media associations
Sources

Incorporated information added by user Sarajanefrom duplicate record

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11801 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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