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43-38270

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 390BG Framlingham 4/8/44; transferred 549BS/385BG [SG- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44. Mid-air collision with 43-38566 on the mission to Osnabruck 21/11/44 with pilot James S. Webb; Co-pilot Francis M. Riggs; Navigator Charles G. Melhado; Bombardier Orsen E. Jensen; Top Turret Gunner Thomas H. Watkins; Radio Operator/Gunner Anthony Vespasiano; Ball Turret Gunner Wallace D. Land; Tail Gunner Kenneth E. Kio; Waist Gunner Pryce O. Spencer. Only Kenneth Kio survived and was made POW (Prisoner of War). Crashed 1km East of Koerbecke, near Warburg, Westfalien, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 10413.

Service

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Orsen Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Kenneth Kio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - Tail Gunner and only survivor on B-17 #43-38270. Crashed on 11/21/44 at 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Wallace Land

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Charles Melhado

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Francis Riggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Pryce Spencer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Anthony Vespasiano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • Thomas Watkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

  • James Webb

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38270. Crashed 1km East of Körbecke, Westfalen, Germany.

Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

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...

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 11:35:45 Bianca Barbato Changes to description
Sources

Corrected plane number

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 15:31:18 ED-BB Changes to description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 10413
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 10:50:01 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 10413

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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