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42-3328

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Tinker 22/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 15/7/43; Missing in Action (15m) Munster 10/10/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: Darwin Michaelson, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Lew Gardner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bertil Olsen, Ball turret gunner: Walt Swinichowski (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Clarry Payne, Waist gunner: John Danielson, Waist gunner: Bill Wenckens, Tail gunner: Carl Spirito (4 Prisoner of War); hit by rocket and collided with #42-3415 (390BG); tail of plane came off and aircraft broke in half, crashed Horstmann Farm, Vorsundern, near Burgsteinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 861. MISS FORTUNE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

People

  • Melvin Breckenridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Danielsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lewis Gardner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Darwin Michaelsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bertil Olson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wade Sneed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Spirito

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Walter Swiniuchowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Wenckens

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 89

    2 September 1943
    This mission was composed of five elements. The first element was combined force 55 B-17s despatched from: 92BG; 305BG, and 306BG to bomb German airfields in NW France. The mission is recalled due to weather and the bombers return without dropping...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

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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
Delivered Denver, CO 10 May 1943
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 15 July 1943

390BG
568BS
BI-D

Shot Down Vorsundern, Germany 10 October 1943

Hit by an aerial rocket and collided with another 390th BG B-17.
Wade Sneed Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 03:33:45 466thHistorian Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 05:39:43 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Markings note added per group practice forcperiod and as evidenced in image.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 02:54:57 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 20:53:15 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
10 April 2020 20:50:53 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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