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Vernon Harvey Bohn

Military

Crew Number 7

Service

People

  • Clarence Strawn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel in 1964

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

    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...

  • 568th 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;...

  • 42-31732 Paper Doll II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 2/6/44 with Bob Crouch, Waist gunner: George Ferguson, Waist gunner: Ben Tureman (3 Prisoner of War); Co...

  • 42-3472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/7/43; Amarillo 3/7/43; Scott 13/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-G/N/S] Framlingham 25/8/43 SHOOT A POUND; re-named THE VULTURE 4/44; declared War Weary and transferred HQ 100BG Thorpe Abbotts, damaged in taxi accident with Ray...

  • 42-97160 Southern Comfort

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 25/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-M] Framlingham 3/3/44; Missing in Action (40m) St Jussy, French bridges 2/8/44 with Doug Seaborn, Co-pilot: Dana Parsells, Navigator: Elmer Hanselman, Bombardier:...

  • 42-97403

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-U] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Milton Fancher, Co-pilot: Olin Kuhn, Navigator: Sam Archer, Bombardier: Clifton Dover, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 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 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 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...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

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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 Butler, South Dakota 10 September 1921
Lived in Minneapolis, MN February 1942
390th BG Combat Tour FRamlingham Airfield, UK 4 February 1944 – 22 June 1944
Lived in Lead, SD 1954
Died Tucson, Arizona 25 January 2011

Vernon H. Bohn 89, of Tucson died January 25, 2011, after a brief bout with bone cancer.

Born on a farm near Bulter, S.D., on September 10, 1921, the son of Harvey and Rose Bohn.

His parents and his wife of 47 years Gladys Bohn preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Wynn Bohn and his daughter, Kim (Nazib) Cranz; grandson, Kyle Cranz, all of Tucson.

Vernon was a WWll veteran having served in the 8th Air Force, 390th bombardment group. He was assigned to a B17 as a ball turret gunner. He was involved in the air offensive of Europe and Normandy, receiving the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following his military service, he was employed at Magma Copper as a contract miner, retiring after 28 years. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

Buried Tucson, AZ 28 January 2011

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Garden
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2020 22:02:05 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106673450/vernon-h-bohn
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=19764566...
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/87126843/person/1720494...

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 17:16:47 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Correction.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 15:42:36 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Associated with pilot.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:24 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=Bohn%2C+Vernon+H

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