Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-30337

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-B] Framlingham 13/7/43 EIGHTBALL; Noel Howard (rog) was Killed in Action 26/9/43;

Transferred 571BS [FC-D]; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Grady Dover, Navigator: Donel O’Brien, Radio Operator: Henry Smith, Ball turret gunner: Mike Chernick, Waist gunner: Jim McAuliffe, Waist gunner: Jim Milazzo,Tail gunner: Rupert Farr (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Beard, Bombardier: Claud Hodgson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Gillen (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Streipe, near Lingen/Ems, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2503. FLAK HACK aka 8 BALL.

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
  • 571st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Beard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Chernick

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Grady Dover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rupert Farr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dean Ferris

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 27. Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 20 x aboard 42-30337 "8 Ball - Flak Hack"). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Gillen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cloud Hodgson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Noel Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Died 9/26/43 aboard a B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball' or 'Flak Hack' in the European Theater. Believed to have died from lack of oxygen due to damage to air supply in the plane during a bombing run. (not able to find squadron or info cross referencing...

  • William Kubitski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 43. Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 19 x aboard 42-30325 "Miss Carry"). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James McAuliffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

Show more

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 10 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2017 12:14:03 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Linked to Roger Freeman photo.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2503 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share