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42-30332

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/43; Gore 17/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Walla Walla 3/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 10/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-N] Framlingham 12/7/43 SHORT STUFF; then SPIRIT OF '76; Missing in Action Brandenburg (28m) 18/4/44 with Bernardo Procopio, Co-pilot: Eric Millington, Navigator: Walt Coburn, Bombardier: Tony Sansone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Quimby, Radio Operator: Carroll Belisle, Ball turret gunner: Burless Dye, Waist gunner: Shrader Mitchell, Waist gunner: Chas Robertson,Tail gunner: Wallace Sharpless (10INT); flak, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden. Pilot Procopio, Millington, Dye, Mitchell, Belisle, Robertson and Sharpless accompanied by Swedish and US officials flew back to UK in B-24 9/10/44, then Coburn and Sansone followed suit a month later. Missing Air Crew Report 4012. (left Sweden 16/6/45). SHORT STUFF.

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

  • Carroll Belisle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Walter Coburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Burless Dye

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • John Lester

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Aerial Gunner/Radio operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 37 John F Lester, Unit citation Badge with Cluster Go#50 WD 17 June 44; EAMET Service Medal; Air medal Go#26 3rd Bomb Div 19 Oct 43 with 5 Oak Leaf clusters GO#173 Hq 1st AD 27 Feb 45: Transfered to Pathfinders, 1st Bombardment Division,...

  • Eric Millington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Shrader Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Bernardo Procopio

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • William Quimby

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Charles Robertson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Anthony Sansone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 February 1944 in B-17 #4230332 'Short Stuff. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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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 18 April 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4012 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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