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Dean C Ferris


Crew Number 27. Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 20 x aboard 42-30337 "8 Ball - Flak Hack").

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), 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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30337 Eight Ball, 8 Ball, Flak Hack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-B] Framlingham 13/7/43 EIGHTBALL; Noel Howard (RO/Gunner) was Killed in Action 26/9/43; ...

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 Swissvale, PA, USA 24 May 1920

Son Ralph E and Olive Ferris.

Enlisted Fort Lee, VA, USA 15 October 1941

Camp Lee

Based Framlingham August 1943 – December 1943

Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Arnold, MD, USA 17 June 2011


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:47:30 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 18:07:11 AAM AAM ingest

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