Skip to main content
Edit entry 


B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 9/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-E] Framlingham 1/5/44; Missing in Action Bohlen 29/6/44 with Bob Moody, Co-pilot: Capt Bill Nugent, Bombardier: Dan Simpson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Beeson, Radio Operator: W.S. Bell, Waist gunner: Carl Gray, Waist gunner: Ottavio Zannetti,Tail gunner: Bob Gilmore (8 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Jim Mayall, Ball turret gunner: Don Downie (2 Killed in Action); fell out of formation with #2 feathered, nearing coast feathered two more; ditched Channel, enemy aircraft strafed rescue launch, sinking it and killing Mayall and Downie; another launch arrived and took rest to Yarmouth, Nfk., UK. Missing Air Crew Report 15236.



  • 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...


  • Donald Beeson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • W Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group

  • Donald Downie

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 #4297830

  • Donald Downie

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • R Gilmore

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • Carl Gray

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • James Mayall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    American Battle Monuments Commission

  • Robert Moody

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group

  • William Nugent

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group

  • Daniel Simpson

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group

Show more


  • 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...

  • Gorleston on Sea

    Other location


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 29 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15236 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database