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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-G] Framlingham 25/10/43; Missing in Action Orleans 8/6/44 with Edwin Sechrist, Navigator: Vital Turmenne, tog-S/Sgt Henry Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Merrill Caldwell, Radio Operator: Lou Lewis, Ball turret gunner: Wendell Oge, Waist gunner: Bob Tucker, Waist gunner: Mike Ruta (8 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Jim Duncan (Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Dave Helps (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Maissemy, six miles NW of St Quentin, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5479. PROWLIN' TOM.

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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Merrill Caldwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

  • James Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Helps

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B 17 gunner waist, Ball, top/flight engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 8

  • Louis Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

  • Edward Minerley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 15 Ed was my uncle. He did 29 missions,without any problems. Plane was shot down after he rotated back to train on B-29's. He died 14 August 2010,at 90 years of age.

  • Wendell Oge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

  • Michael Ruta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

  • Edwin Sechrist

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

  • Robert Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 June 1944 in B-17 #4231114 'Gungo Ho. ' Evaded.

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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 8 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5479 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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