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43-37884

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 1/7/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Clarry Bridwell, Floyd Norman, Dick Colyer, Wendell Cole, Jack Provolt, Ed Longer, John Porterfield, Bob Joyce (8 Killed in Action); Paul Finot (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Neustadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10325. PENNS-BELLE.

Service

Units

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Bridwell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Wendell Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Dick Colyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Paul Finot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 11/5/44 in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Robert Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Edward Longer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

  • Floyd Norman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'pensy-Belle' #4337884. Official listing is 'wounded on duty', died of wounds Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Porterfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle'#4337884

  • Jack Provolt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 'Pensy-Belle' #4337884

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2016 15:31:34 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

MACR 10325

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10325 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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