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42-31512

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/11/43; Gt Falls 15/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 2/1/44; suffered n/battle damaged hitting tree at Grundisburgh Hall, Sfk, being slow timed on 2/6/44, with Jack Fleck, Co-pilot: Nils Odstrom, Navigator: Bill Kleintank, Bombardier: Bill Alford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alvin Rosenburg, Radio Operator: Ray Conway, Ball turret gunner: Alex Mackay, Passenger - M/Sgt Jim Burton (Crew chief), Passenger - Lt St John Williams [30th St. Com. Sq.) (10 Killed in Service). Wreckage simply burnt out, Salvaged 4/6/44. ICE COLD KATIE.

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

  • William Alford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). The tail assembly of the aircraft hit a tree and caused to aircraft to crash. The pilot was flying too low, and unable to clear tree. They crashed at Elmtree Farm, Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England, Market Park Field. ...

  • Austin Allman

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 44

  • Paul Argenio

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 44

  • Everett Avett

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 35

  • James Burton

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 45. Killed in Action (KIA) B-17 #42-31512 'Ice Cold Katie' hit a tree at Grundisburgh while being slow timed on 2 June 1944.

  • Russell Bush

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 35

  • Tom Callahan

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 34

  • Raymond Conway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground Echelon | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 46. Killed in Action (KIA) B-17 #42-31512 'Ice Cold Katie' hit a tree at Grundisburgh while being slow timed on 2 June 1944.

  • Francis Docker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42107177. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Jack Fleck

    Military | Lieutenant | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) B-17 #42-31512 'Ice Cold Katie' hit a tree at Grundisburgh while being slow timed on 2 June 1944.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled doe to weather before it could take off. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 13 November 1943
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 2 January 1944

390BG
569BS

Crashed Grundisburgh Hall, Ipswich Rd, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge IP13 6TJ, UK 2 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 00:50:57 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15349 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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