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42-31732

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 2/6/44 with Bob Crouch, Waist gunner: George Ferguson, Waist gunner: Ben Tureman (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John McNally, Navigator: Bob Hybarger, Bombardier: Ralph Bradbury, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Maxwell, Radio Operator: John Poliak, Ball turret gunner: Bob Michaels,Tail gunner: Sam Genco (7 Killed in Action); flak hit #3 engine on fire, ship spun in and crashed Maison le Fitte, ten miles NW of Paris, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5231. PAPER DOLL II.

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

  • Ralph Bradbury

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Crouch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Ferguson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Geary

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 24-May-44 in B-17 42-97845. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5151. ...

  • Samuel Genco

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' 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

  • Robert Hybarger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Billy Maxwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John McNally

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Michaels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 June 1944 in B-17 #4231732 'Paper Doll II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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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) France 2 June 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5231 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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