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The Johnston crew, Framlingham, 22 November 1944. 390th Bomb Group / 568th Bomb Squadron (Official USAAF photo).
Top row, from left to right :
1st Lt Gerald W. Johnston; 1st Lt Matthew R. Robinson, Co-Pilot; 1st Lt Donald L. Lash, Navigator; 1st Lt Frank D. O’Neill, Bombardier.
Front row, left to right : T/Sgt Russell P. Hardy, Top Turret Gunner; T/sgt William J. Parks, Radio Operator; S/Sgt Ben Marshall, Ball Turret Gunner; S/Sgt Dayton C. Kelly, Waist Gunner and S/Sgt James S. Lawman, Tail Gunner.

Connections

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

  • Russell Hardy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Russell Hardy was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Gerald Johnston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Gerald Johnston was Pilot of B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Dayton Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Dayton Kelly was Waist Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Donald Lash

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Donald Lash was Navigator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Lawman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    James Lawman was Tail Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Ben Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Ben Marshall was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frank O'Neill

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Frank O’Neill was Bombardier on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Parks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    William Parks was Radio Operator on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Robinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Matthew Robinson was Co-Pilot on B-17 "Bob Tail Battler" #42-102677. Crashed at Garlitz, Germany on 14 January 1945. Prisoner of War (POW)

Aircraft

  • 42-102677 Mississippi Mission, Bob Tail Battler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Billings 3/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44. Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 27/5/44. Missing in Action on the 14 January 1945 mission to Derben, Germany. Pilot Gerald W. Johnston, Radio Operator William J....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 10:48:16 ED-BB Created entry with caption and aircraft associations
Sources

NARA WWII Air Force photos - B-71195A.C.

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