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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Griswould, Radio Operator: Claude Keele, Ball turret gunner: Harry Stoever, Waist gunner: Larry Richter,Tail gunner: Americo Virgili, 3 pass of No. 1 Mobile Traing Unit; S/Sgts John Barry, Ralph Franke, Ed Shively (12 Killed in Service); crashed Elmside Farm, Nailstone, Leicesterhire. Salvaged 3/10/44.



  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron


  • John Barry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane Instrument Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group

  • Louis Deputy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Bullard Crew Member of Primus Crew

  • Ralph Franke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Power Turret and Gunsight Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Ralph Franke was a passenger on the last flight of the 43-37776. He was killed when it crashed on the 27th of September 1944.

  • Roy Griswould

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Richard Hermann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Claude Keele

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew

  • Michael Primus

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Richter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Primus crew, Air Gunner

  • Edward Shively

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Airplane Electrical Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group
    Edward Shively was a passenger on the last flight of the 43-37776 when it crashed on 27 September 1944.

  • Robert Simmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of McMullen crew Member of the Primus Crew

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  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 27 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 13:31:51 usxpat Changes to nicknames, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15341 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database