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42-102594

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-F] Framlingham 20/4/44; Missing in Action Dusseldorf 9/9/44 with Bob Gallagher, Co-pilot: Merrill Redda, Ball turret gunner: Joe Costa,Tail gunner: Len Gilkey (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Chas Yandell, Bombardier: Ed Marshall, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pfc Bill Ballard, Radio Operator: Andy Hayes, Waist gunner: Ed Kuseck (5 Prisoner of War); flak, engine on fire which set off explosion and aircraft spun in on bank of Ennepe Dam, S of Hagen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8916.

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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Billy Ballard

    Military | Private First Class | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ennepe Dam on 9/9/44 in B-17 #42102594 POW

  • Joseph Costa

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Ennepe Dam in B-17 #42102594

  • Robert Gallagher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Ennepe Dam in B-17 #42102594 ...

  • Leonard Gilkey

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Ennepe Dam in B-17 #42102594 ...

  • Andrew Hayes

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ennepe Dam on 9/9/44 in B-17 #42102594 POW

  • Edward Kuseck

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

  • Edward Marshall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ennepe Dam on 9/9/44 in B-17 #42102594 POW

  • Merrill Redda

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Ennepe Dam in B-17 #42102594

  • Charles Yandell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Ennepe Dam on 9/9/44 in B-17 #42-102594. 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8916 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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