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42-30289

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/43; Gore 18/5/43; Geiger 25/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 12/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-H] Framlingham 13/7/43 THE DOUCHE BAG; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/1/44 with Jim Prophett, Co-pilot: Berni Gallagher, Navigator: Ron Watters, Bombardier: Russell Wahl, Waist gunner: Rich Conklin, Waist gunner: Jack Allen (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Gristak, Radio Operator: Bernie Oster, Ball turret gunner: John Gott, Tail gunner: Ollie Shanholtz (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Hvidkilde, E of Svendborg, Den.; Missing Air Crew Report 2021. THE DULL TOOL.

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

  • Jack Allen

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Conklin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bernard Gallagher

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Kiel, Germany, on 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag I, Barth, until May 1944. Crew Number 12. POW/ PH w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM

  • John Gott

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Gristak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bernhardt Oster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Prophett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oliver Shanholtz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Russell Wahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. POW

  • Ronald Watters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30289 'Dull Tool'. Crashed near Hvidkilde, Denmark after damage to No 2 & 3 engines. Prisoner of War (POW). 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 4 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2020 00:19:43 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2021 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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