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Taisto Leonard Huhtala

Military

Taisto Huhtala's father Henry was born on 7 December 1890 in Ylistaro, Vaasan Lääni (Vaasa Province), Finland. Henry emigrated to the United States and married US-born Aili Johnson. Their son Taisto Huhtala flew as a Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner and then as Bombardier/Togglier with the 390th Bomb Group/571st Bomb Squadron. First mission on 18 June 1944 and completed his 33rd on 15 October 1944.

Service

People

  • Mario Altieri

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • Francesco Cappozzo

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • Malcolm Dinsmore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Walter Fairchok

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • John Gorski

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • Donald Haskell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions, flew on Blues In The Night; Take It Easy

  • William Holter

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • John Ingle

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

  • William Marra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

  • Ernest Savage

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 82

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30715 'CINCINNATI QUEEN' / 'BLUES IN THE NIGHT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/7/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Walla Walla 28/8/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-Y] Framlingham 12/9/43 CINCINNATI QUEEN; while on mission 11/5/44 S/Sgt Rich Caserio was killed by friendly fire when ships were testing guns;...

  • 42-3427 'Six Nights in Telergma', 'Arabian Nuts', 'Canadian Club'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/6/43; Kearney 17/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-B] Framlingham 25/7/43 SIX NIGHTS IN TELERGMA (ARABIAN NUTS); changed to BI-G after loss of 42-30017; damaged on Oschersleben mission 21/1/44 with Capt Jim Waggoner, Ball turret gunner...

  • 42-97821 Chaff Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 8/5/44; Missing in Action Mainz 8/9/44 with Jim Handley, Navigator: Frank Capek, Bombardier: Glenn Lee, Radio Operator: Jim Stubbs, Ball turret gunner:...

  • 43-37519

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 9/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-J] Framlingham 25/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Edwin Booth, Quentin Davidson, John Walsh, Joe Jackson (4 Killed in Action); Herb Gates, Bill Long,...

  • 43-37555 'THE JEANNIE BEE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/4/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 25/5/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-G] Framlingham 28/5/44; 571BS [FC-G]; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/1/45 with John Mitchell; force landed Sedan A/fd, near Stanay, Fr; Salvaged 30/1/45. THE JEANNIE BEE.

  • 43-37565

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-N] Framlingham 27/5/44; battle damaged Hannover 28/3/45 with ?; force landed Chievres A/fd, Bel; repaired & ret group 7/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168...

  • 43-37895 'TAKE IT EASY'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 12/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 2/7/44; transferred 571BS/390BG [FC-R] Framlingham 3/7/44; crash landed at base on return from Nurnberg with John Corcoran 5/4/45; Salvaged 25/4/45. TAKE IT EASY.

  • 44-6007 Lucky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/4/44; Hunter 17/4/44; Dow Fd 30/4/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 4/5/44; suffered severe battle damaged 8/9/44 over Mainz with Edgar Moody, with two engines out landed in France, repaired and returned to base; landing...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 September 1918

Forbes, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States the son of Henry and Aili (Johnson) Huhtala

Lived in October 1940

Cloquet, Carlton County, Minnesota

Died 31 August 1991

Becker, Minnesota

Buried

Taisto Huhtala rests at the New Zim Cemetery in Zim, Minnesota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 20:05:24 shuhtala Changes to biography
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Most missions in the 571st squadron. For some reason he was in the 569th for his 4th mission on the Cincinnati Queen/Blues in the Night, serial number 42-30715 that had to be ditched in the North Sea

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 15:26:04 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Deleted media not concerning him personally

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 15:25:07 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events and place associations
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WWII Draft card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 09:03:56 shuhtala Changes to nickname
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Family research

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 09:01:11 shuhtala Changes to biography and awards
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Family research

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 08:51:40 shuhtala Changes to highest rank and role
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Family research

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.390thspace.com/missions.php?name=Huhtala%2C+Taisto+L

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