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42-30262

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Gore 12/6/43; Gt Falls 16/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 12/7/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/7/43; transferred 568BS/390BG [BI-K] Framlingham 8/43; Missing in Action (12m) Munster 10/10/43 with John Winant, Co-pilot: Don Arns, Navigator: Bob Tredinnick, Bombardier: Dick Walker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Weidemann, Waist gunner: Alonzo Swope (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Paul Hurles, Ball turret gunner: Elmer Fjosne, Waist gunner: Bob Wirtz,Tail gunner: Frank Malone (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ladbergen, between Munster & Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 862. TECH SUPPLY.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron
  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Arns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Fjosne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Hurles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Malone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alonzo Swope

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Tredinnick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Tredinnick served as a navigator with the 390th Bomb Group. He was part of crew number 12. On 10 October 1943, he was flying in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply' when it was shot down. He bailed out, was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) and held at...

  • Richard Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Weidemann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Winant

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    John G Winant Jr served as a pilot with the 390th Bomb Group. His father, John G Winant, was US Ambassador to Britain between 1941-1946. Winant was shot down on 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply' and taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Wirtz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Wirtz served as a waist gunner with the 390th Bomb Group. He was part of crew number 12. On 10 October 1943, he was flying in B-17 #4230262 'Tech Supply' when it was shot down. He was Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Ladbergen, Germany 10 October 1943

Missing in Action (12 missions), Target Munster, 10/10/43, crew (6 Prisoner of War)(4 Killed in Action), crashed Ladbergen, between Munster & Osnabruck, Ger.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 12:08:05 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 11:42:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 862 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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