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42-3312

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-K] Framlingham 14/7/43.

On Duren mission 20/10/43 with Charles Swafford , Lts. Gene Corbin & Clarry Cobb, Sgts. Lambert Geerlings & Harry Daniels all bailed but were KIA, (possibly fired on while in chutes) however the plane returned. (MACR 14417)

Missing in Action Huls 22/6/44 with Jim Bonner, Co-pilot: Leon Schapiro, Navigator: Dean JensenWounded in Action, Bombardier: Gene Friedman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Knobel, Ball turret gunner: Bob Rhoades, Waist gunner: Albt Gregoris, Waist gunner: Jim Grant,Tail gunner: Elvin Clinkenbeard (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Lowry Kelley (Killed in Action). Flak KO’d engine, crashed La Sablonniere, near Dreux, near Chartres, France. (Missing Air Crew Report 5927).

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Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

People

  • Richard Autry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • James Bonner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Dreux on 6/22/44 in B-17 'Sequatchiee' Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Robert Bowman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg and crashed SE of Laon on 25-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2659. ...

  • Andrew Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Elvin Clinkenbeard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Dreux on 6/22/44 inB-17 'Sequatchiee' #423312 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Clarence Cobb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x missions. Baled out over North Sea on Duren mission when B-17 42-3312 'Sequatchiee' was hit by flak over Tilburg, Holland. Posted MIA. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Eugene Corbin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x missions. Baled out over North Sea on Duren mission when B-17 42-3312 'Sequatchiee' was hit by flak over Tilburg, Holland. Posted MIA. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Chester Crans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 35. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x missions. Baled out over North Sea on Duren mission when B-17 42-3312 'Sequatchiee' was hit by flak over Tilburg, Holland. Posted MIA. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Gene Friedman

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag. Luft III Shot down by flak and crashed at Dreux on 6/22/44 in B-17 Sequatchiee #423312 AM/ POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 5 May 1943
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 14 July 1943

390BG
570BS

Combat Mission Duren, Germany 20 October 1943

Four members of the crew bailed out but were all KIA. It is possible they were fired on while in their parachutes or killed after reaching the ground. The a/c returned to Framlingham

Forced Belly Landing Framlingham Airfield, UK 31 December 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) France 22 June 1944
Crashed La Sablonniere, France 22 June 1944

Shot down by flak

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2020 21:12:24 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

photo evidence

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2020 21:10:20 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2015 11:51:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description and person associations
Sources

Associated people - MACR 14417

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5927 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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