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42-37890

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 8/11/43; Missing in Action La Glacerie (33m) 20/4/44 with Dick Mann, Co-pilot: John Vaughan, Navigator: McKinnon Cameron, Bombardier: Walt Kwoka, Radio Operator: Bernie Anderson, Ball turret gunner: Ray Zucco, Waist gunner: Bob Wedemeyer, Waist gunner: Walt Hermenau,Tail gunner: Mark Overstreet (9 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Roberts (POW- blew out of ship and captured near crash site); flak hit and exploded before crew bailed, crashed Theville, nine miles E of Cherbourg, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4169. ROVIN’ ROMONA II/BIG FRIEND.

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

  • Bernard Anderson

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • McKinnon Cameron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' 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

  • Walter Hermenau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Walter Kwoka

    Military | Private First Class | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Richard Mann

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Mark Overstreet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Jesse Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Vaughan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Wedemeyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #4237890 'Big Friend. ' 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 20 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4169 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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