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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for Kassel mission 30/12/44, and went into spin, during which two bailed Lyles and Spector, but both KIA. Pilot Orman Coffin recovered fron spin and returned to base safely, Missing Air Crew Report 11255, 114m, Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 15/12/45. I'LL GET BY.



  • 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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • Wingate Battle

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 95

  • Howard Bence

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 11

  • Richard Berryman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) nearGrodzisk in B-17 #4338600

  • Jonathan Briggs

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 6. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Basil Chandor

    Military | Waist Gunner on B-17's out of Framlingham, England | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 14

  • Orman Coffin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Wilbur Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Hubblerath in B-17 Bundles of Trouble #4297871

  • Samuel Dubin

    Military | Bombardier; Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #42-97093 'Doc's Flying Circus' 'Girl of my Dreams' 'I'll Get By'.

  • William Freerksen

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 11

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Military | Major | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed B-17 #43-37866 in Switzerland on 5 September 1944, after being hit by Flak over Stuttgart, Germany. Also served in Korea.

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  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 300

    12 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

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  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

  • Cheyenne Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 28 January 1944
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 3 March 1944
Severe Icing Framlingham Airfield, UK 30 December 1944

Severe Icing during form up caused the a/c to go into a spin. Two crew bailed out but were KIA. The pilot recovered from the spin and returned to base safely.

Returned to the U.S. Bradley Army Airfield, Windsor Locks, CT 29 June 1945


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 02:47:14 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
The B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2018 21:54:52 terveurn Changes to description

correct date from MACR

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11255 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database