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Roland Joseph Malfitano

Military

Crew Number 47

Service

People

  • Roger Sterr

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions from December 1943 to May 1944 AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC

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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30325 Miss Carry

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Spokane 20/5/43; Portland 4/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-D] Framlingham 18/7/43; on mission to Frankfurt 29/1/44 with ? crew ?; coll with 42-30334 (390BG) but returned to...

  • 42-31892 I'll Be Around

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-H] Framlingham 19/2/44; aircraft suffered oxygen fire while on assembly for Boulogne mission 4/6/44 with Leroy Holmberg, Co-pilot: George Benton, Navigator: Ellis McClintick,...

  • 42-32089

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-W] Framlingham 22/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg (26m) 28/5/44 with Adolph Mathias, Co-pilot: Henry Gerards, Navigator: Joe Freyland, Bombardier: Quinton...

  • 42-39821 Hey Moitle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-J] Framlingham 13/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 11/4/44 with Don Zollers, Navigator: Howard Cizek, Bombardier: Frank Farnsworth, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Forrest Faire...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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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 Philadelphia, PA 5 December 1922
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 17 November 1942
Honorably Discharged from Service Seymour Johnson AAF, NC 25 October 1945
Lived in Drexel Hill, PA 1950

429 Wilde Avenue

Died Newark, Delaware 17 October 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:21:26 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=754364
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/170941460/person/102213...

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 21:21:09 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=754364
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/170941460/person/102213...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:25 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=Malfitano%2C+Roland+J

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