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42-97473

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 23/12/43; transferred 571BS/390BG [FC-O] Framlingham 23/12/43 HAP'S HAZARD; Missing in Action Boulogne 5/6/44 with Earl Armstrong, Ball turret gunner: Paul Ortega (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Dan Johnson, no nav, Bombardier: Don Baker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Ludwig, Radio Operator: Harry Clark, Waist gunner: Basil Coats, Waist gunner: Tom Richey,Tail gunner: Bill Norrod (7 Prisoner of War); flak burst in bomb bay, crashed Dargnies, six miles E of Le Treport, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5481. MAIRZY DOATS aka BERLIN EXPRESS.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Earl Armstrong

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Donald Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Basil Coats

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 42-97473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Crew Number 67

  • Douglas Herrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Douglas Herrick served as a navigator with Harry E Wight's crew (Crew 71 assigned to 571 BS, 390 BG), which arrived at Framlingham on 17 Nov 1943 as part of a large expansion of the Eighth. He flew his first mission on 5 Dec 1943 and the last on 7 May...

  • Daniel Johnson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Kopernik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in the a/c on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, GR on 3 Feb 1944. B-17 #42-97473 'Berlin Express' or 'Hap's Hazard' or 'Mairzey Doats'

  • Everett Ludwig

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Norred

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #4297473 'Hap's Hazard. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Ortega

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #42-97473 'Hap's Hazard', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • 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...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 5 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2018 23:48:41 PaulCoats Changes to media associations
Sources

Coats family photos

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2018 22:26:51 PaulCoats Changes to media associations
Sources

Family of B. A. Coats

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5481 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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