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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Selfridge 29/4/43; Presque Is 4/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43 RUM BOOGIE II; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW-E] Alconbury 26/7/43; mid air collision with 42-29725 (92BG) with Jim Foster, force landed 13 miles north of Portsmouth 30/8/43; AFSC Bovingdon 16/10/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/11/43; transferred 569BS/390BG Framlingham; Missing in Action [48m] Zeitz 16/8/44 with Bob Buckley, Co-pilot: Bob Nye, Navigator: John Stearns, tog-Lewis Hughes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Blackmon, Radio Operator: Francis McDemott, Ball turret gunner: Ray Cook, Waist gunner: Bill Combow (8 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Herbert Harms (Killed in Action); flak hit set front of ship on fire which exploded, crashed Calsewitz, W of Zeitz, Ger; DOTTIE III aka GREEN BANANA. Missing Air Crew Report 8455.

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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Blackmon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • Robert Buckley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • William Combow

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • Ray Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • Herbert Harms

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz in B-17 Dottie II #4229962

  • Lewis Hughes

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • Francis McDermott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group

  • Harry Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Robert Nye

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in G-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

  • John Stearns

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Zeitz on 8/16/44 in B-17 Dottie II #4229962 POW

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 16 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8455 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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