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Peter Repka


B-17G 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked head on by three ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb 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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31027 Miss Lace, Pinky III, Honey Chili

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 3/10/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 7/10/43 MISS LACE, then PINKY III; to HONEY CHILE; transferred RAF [SR387]; 214 Sq BU-G Sculthorpe, Nfk. 21/1/44; No1699 FLT [4Z-Z]; Written off 13/11/46.

  • 42-37925 Rick-O-Shay III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 16/11/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Bob Biesecker, Co-pilot: Floyd Breedlove, Navigator: Irving Nordendahl, Bombardier: Theo Aycock, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Honor City, Pennsylvania, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 18 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 20:00:58 PeterRepka Changes to biography and awards

The updates are from letter received to parents from surviving crew member. Pictures and letters are attached.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3182 / MACR 3182, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database