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42-30315

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Geiger 26/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-S] Framlingham 12/7/43; Missing in Action Regensbury 17/8/43 with Steve Rapport, Co-pilot: Elmer Holloway, Navigator: Grover Boyd, Bombardier: Chas Ryan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Scott, Radio Operator: Bill Carter, Ball turret gunner: Theo Obsharsky, Waist gunner: Blair Neal, Waist gunner: Joe Russell,Tail gunner: Ricardo Robledo (10INT – but both WGs and ettg later escaped and returned to base; flak, crashed Utzendorf, nine miles N of Berne, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 391. BATTLE QUEEN aka 'PEG OF MY HEART'.

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

  • Grover Boyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • William Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Elmer Holloway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Blair Neal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Theodore Obsharsky

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30315 'Peg Of My Heart'. Crashed in Switzerland. Interned (INT).

  • Stephen Rapport

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Ricardo Robledo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Joseph Russell

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30315 'Peg Of My Heart'. Crashed in Switzerland, Interned (INT).

  • Charles Ryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • John Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230315 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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) and Interned (INT) Switzerland 17 August 1943

Crash-landed in UTZENSTORF and the main body is still on display at the B-17 MUSEUM IN UTZENSTORF. https://www.b17museum.ch/bio_e.php

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2020 16:14:23 ltcmpc Changes to events
Sources

https://www.b17museum.ch/bio_e.php

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 391 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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