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A Bomber crew of the 390th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30713) nicknamed "Phyllis Marie". A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: 'LEFT TO RIGHT STANDING. Sgt Louis Kiss, Tail Gunner; Lt Lester Boettcher, Navigator; S.Sgt Arthur Dix, Ball Turret Gunner; S.Sgt Robert McCormack, Waist Gunner; T.Sgt Mathias Biehl, Radio Operator/ Gunner; Lt Whitney F. Poythress, Jr., Co-pilot (MIA 12/11/43); S.Sgt Walter C Byrne, Waist Gunner; Lt Perry V Row, Pilot. KNEELING L to R: Lt James P Fitzsimmons- Bombardier; T.Sgt Erice Bennett- Engineer- Upper Turret G. Showing off the famous toggle finger of the Bombardier!'

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A Bomber crew of the 390th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30713) nicknamed "Phyllis Marie". A veteran has handwritten on the reverse: 'LEFT TO RIGHT STANDING. Sgt Louis Kiss, Tail Gunner; Lt Lester Boettcher, Navigator; S.Sgt Arthur Dix, Ball Turret Gunner; S.Sgt Robert McCormack, Waist Gunner; T.Sgt Mathias Biehl, Radio Operator/ Gunner; Lt William Poythress, Co-pilot (MIA 12/11/43); S.Sgt Walter C Byrne, Waist Gunner; Lt Perry V Row, Pilot. KNEELING L to R: Lt James P Fitzsimmons- Bombardier; T.Sgt Erice Bennett- Engineer- Upper Turret G. Showing off the famous toggle finger of the Bombardier!'

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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...

People

  • Louis Kiss

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Crew Number 7. Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 16 x aboard 42-30713 "Phyllis Marie" ). Tail Gunner on B-17 "Phyllis Marie". He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross shortly after the image of him in the tail gun was taken and...

Aircraft

  • 42-30713 Phyllis Marie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/7/43; Scott 10/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-E] Framlingham 25/8/43; Missing in Action [34m] Berlin 6/3/44 with Max Quakenbush, Co-pilot: Roger Johnson, Navigator: Amergo Bassi, Bombardier: Harry Bell, Flight engineer/top turret...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2016 10:18:59 David Armstrong Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected Co-pilot's first name and added his middle initial.

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 12:24:13 Emily Changes to person associations
Sources

Associated Louis Kiss from caption & identified by his Nephew, Todd Hodrinsky.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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