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42-30455

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/43; Kearney 14/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 6/8/43; Missing in Action Knaben (Rjukan) 16/11/43 with Ray Becker, Co-pilot: Bob Stuart, Navigator: Ben Myers, Bombardier: Tony Moyto, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Loeser, Radio Operator: Claude Farber, Ball turret gunner: Leo Whitemore, Waist gunner: George Schneller, Waist gunner: Roy Ball, Tail gunner: Chas Reed (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, caught fire and crashed North Sea, off Norwegian coast at Varhoug; Missing Air Crew Report 1400. SCHIFLESS SKUNK.

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

  • Roy Ball

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3333 'Purgatory Pete'. Returned to base. ...

  • Raymond Becker

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3333 'Purgatory Pete'. Returned to base. Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC, AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Claude Farber

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Loeser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Anthony Moyto

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Myers

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Reed

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3333 'Purgatory Pete'. Returned to base. Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • George Schneller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Stuart

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leo Whittemore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30455 'Schifliss Skunk'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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) North Sea 3 November 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 16 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2020 02:49:31 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1400 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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