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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/7/43; Kearney 25/7/43; Topeka 13/8/43; Scott 14/8/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-V] Framlingham 25/8/43; Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Francis Gerald, Co-pilot: Ernie Amport, Navigator: Bill Baumgarner, Bombardier: Chas Garner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nick Colagiovanni, Radio Operator: Jim Costa, Ball turret gunner: Dean McConkey, Waist gunner: Ray Lanham, Waist gunner: Jim King,Tail gunner: Coolidge Howlett (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Harkstede, near Groningen, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 1584. WILD CHILDREN.



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb 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


  • Ernest Amport

    Military | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 30

  • William Baumgarner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Colagiovanni

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 30

  • James Costa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group

  • Charles Garner

    Military | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 30

  • Francis Gerald

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group

  • Coolidge Howlett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • James King

    Military | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 30

  • Raymond Lanha

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • Dean McConkey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 30


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1584 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database