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42-102526

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 8/4/44; transferred 571BS/390BG [FC-N] Framlingham 9/4/44; Missing in Action {4m} Freidrichahafen 29/4/44 with Bob Rayburn, Co-pilot: Henry Crowley, Navigator: Murray Jacob, Bombardier: Chas Heltsley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Thomas, Radio Operator: Bob O’Hara, Ball turret gunner: Bill Cusack, Waist gunner: Dan Chermak, Waist gunner: Dick Matanle,Tail gunner: Woodrow Johnson (10 Prisoner of War); flak, one engine smoking, crashed a mile SE of Bitterfeld, 28 miles SW of Potsdam, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4245.

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

  • Daniel Chermak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Crowley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Cusack

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Heltsley

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Murray Jacob

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Woodrow Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Rochard Matanle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • Robert O'Hara

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Rayburn

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #42102526. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4245 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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