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Melvin R Blanchard


Crew Number 63. Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 12 x aboard 42-31041 "Cabin in the Sky" and 10 x aboard 42-30338 "Cabin in the Sky" aka "Rough Group" aka "Dorothy Dee" )

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 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

    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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30338 'Cabin in the Sky' 'Rough Group' 'Dorothy Dee'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Gore 12/6/43; Smoky Hill 29/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-P] Framlingham 11/7/43 CABIN IN THE SKY; re-named ROUGH GROUP then DOROTHY DEE; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/7/45;...

  • 42-31041

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-B] Framlingham 29/9/43; battle damaged Montdidier (42m) 22/6/44 with Walter Fairchok, Co-pilot: John Cheppo, Navigator: Bill Flaherty, Bombardier: John Ingram, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Minnesota, USA 8 March 1919

Son of Deloss C and Selie S

Enlisted Tacoma, WA, USA 1 June 1942
Based Framlingham August 1943 – March 1944

Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Creswell, OR 97426, USA 26 November 1998


Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 17:57:45 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /