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42-30308

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A] Framlingham 13/7/43; Missing in Action Evreux 24/8/43 with Ken Dougherty, Co-pilot: Harvey Paul, Bombardier: John Keema, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Graves, Radio Operator: Bob Banta, Ball turret gunner: Lou Majka, Waist gunner: Don Bertch, Waist gunner: Jim Higginbotham, Tail gunner: Fred Livingstone (9 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Frank Dell Ami (Killed in Action); damaged by enemy aircraft and ditched Channel off Selsey Bill, Sussex; crew rescued by Air Sea Rescue launch HSL 134 from Newhaven. Missing Air Crew Report 393. HOT ROCKS.

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
  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Armi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group

  • Robert Banta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24-Aug-43 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American campaign.

  • Donald Bertch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base.

  • Kenneth Dougherty

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base.

  • John Graves

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base.

  • James Higginbotham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 16 x aboard #42-30411 "Rose Marie" aka "Hot Rocks II"). (wounded on 24-Aug-43, aboard #42-30824). MACR 393. ...

  • John Keema

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base.

  • Fred Livingston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base.

  • Louis Majka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    On 24 August 1943 B-17 #42-30308 'Hot Rocks' ditched in Channel. Mechanical failure. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle star).

  • Lee McKee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30318 'Devil's Daughter', Prisoner of War (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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 24 August 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 14:52:39 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 14:51:21 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 393 / MACR 781 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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