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William Hynes Marra

Military

Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

Service

People

  • James Atkinson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    James Atkinson got his wings as a 2nd Lt on 5 August 1942 in Miami Beach, Florida. Promoted 1st Lt on 1 March 1943 in England, to Captain in September of that year. Completed six missions as a Bombardier with the 390th from 7 to 22 June 1944, this last...

  • Paul Caruso

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 79

  • James Eckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 'Blues in the Night' #43-37866. Interned (INT) in neutral Switzerland.

  • Victor Estes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Ernst Feibusch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. 'I was one of those [who flew out of Britain] (390th BG) we were shot down over Stuttgart (25th mission).'

  • Daniel Foley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland for a short time.

  • Jefferson Fuller

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 71

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Military | Major | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed B-17 #43-37866 in Switzerland on 5 September 1944, after being hit by Flak over Stuttgart, Germany. Also served in Korea.

  • Verne Gray

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Alfeld in B-17 'Boston Blackie' #42102972 Mission was to bomb the marshalling yards at Seelze, near Hanover when his plane was hit by another B-17, the 'Lady Velma' and both planes went down. , there was only one...

  • Taisto Huhtala

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner/Waist gunner/Bombardier-Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    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...

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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

  • 43-37866 Blues in the Night

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 8/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-B] Framlingham 29/6/44. Missing in Action Stuttgart 5 September 1944 with Pilot 1st Lt Thomas F. Gallagher, Co-Pilot Captain Alvin W. Jaspers, Navigator: 2nd Lt Daniel...

Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

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 Fulton, NY, USA 5 June 1923
Lived in 1942

Fulton, Oswego County, New York

Enlisted 5 December 1942

Syracuse, New York

Interned (INT) Switzerland 5 September 1944
Died 15 December 2004
Buried

William Marra rests at the Lake Forest Cemetery, Grand Haven, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2020 14:39:34 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft card
Veterans Affairs BIRLS death File

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 09:40:44 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8456

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 09:39:16 Emily Changes to person associations
Sources

Connected crew members. Their names were previously connected to photos added by Betz (Marra's Daughter)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8456 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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