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42-30292

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/43; Gore 10/5/43; Moses Lake 22/5/43; Geiger 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-O] Gt Ashfield 12/7/43; transferred 569BS/390BG [CC-Q] Framlingham 13/7/43; Missing in Action (11m) Bremen 8/10/43 with Marshall Shepherd, Co-pilot: Neil Murphy, body washed up in River Weser), Navigator: Jesse Wyatt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Masters, Radio Operator: Chas Brown, Ball turret gunner: Bob Ross (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Owen Smith, Waist gunner: Jim Helms, Waist gunner: Harry Lambert, Tail gunner: Albt Martin (4 Prisoner of War); direct flak hits in cockpit, radio room and #4 on fire, and circled by enemy fighters, crashed Quelkhorn, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 783. PULSATIN' POLLY.

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 Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Helms

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    First combat mission 3 August 1943. Shot down on 8 October 1943 at Breman, Germany on 13th mission in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag XVIIB, Krems, Austria. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ POW 1 Me 109

  • Harold Lambert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Masters

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Neil Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Ross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marshal Shepherd

    Military | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 17

  • Marshal Shepperd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Owen Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30292 'Pulsatin' Polly. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2018 15:01:03 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added spaces in description for readability.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 783 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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