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42-31262

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/10/43; Gr Island 26/10/43; Wilmington 11/11/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-P] Framlingham 12/1/43 ALE SMOKE; Missing in Action [21m] Augsburg 16/3/44 with Darold Jenkins, Co-pilot: Virgil Fieker, Navigator: Carl Otto, Bombardier: Vernise Polly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Woodcock, Radio Operator: Bill Hofer, Ball turret gunner: Larry Cascarino, Waist gunner: Howard Grindstaff,Tail gunner: Herschel Breeding (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Ken De Vore (KIA-did not bale out); enemy aircraft, crashed Himmlingen, near Aalen, E of Stuttgart, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3181. OLE SMOKE.

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

  • Hertchel Breeding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Cascarino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Virgil Fieker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Grindstaff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft VI, Stalag Luft IVD, Stalag Luft XIB. On 56-day forced march....

  • William Henry

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

  • William Hofer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Darold Jenkins

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Otto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vernise Polly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31262 'Ole Smoke' crashed E of Stuttgart, GR after nine of crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Vore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group

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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 16 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3181 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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