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42-97407

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 12/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-N] Horham 7/4/44; 16m SAD 10/6/44; transferred 570BS/390BG [DI-V] Framlingham 11/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Gene Peterson, Maurice Bjorkstrom, Harry Goodwin, Calvin Davis, Edmund Dinzillo, Lou Onofrio (6 Killed in Action); Ray Lubinski, Curtis Green, Bill Pace (3 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 44-8080 (390BG), crashed Niederklobikau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11136. As-Te-Risk.

Service

Aircraft

  • 44-8080 'The Saint'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/6/44; Romulus 30/6/44; Dorval 27/6/44; slated RAF HB 813; transferred 385BG Gt Ashfield 4/8/44; then 570BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 5/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Capt Dana Gray, Lt Col Lou Dolan, Francis Verfirth,...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 570th Bomb Squadron
  • 1st Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Edmund D'Inzillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080, believed to have fallen out of A/C without parachute, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Calvin Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 400BS, 90BG, 5AF USAAF. 50 x combat mission tour completed in Asia/Pacific theatre of operations, being wounded on both his first and last missions. Eligible for a non-operational posting, but chose to do an additional tour in the European...

  • Harry Goodwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11136 ...

  • Custis Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080 Thrown from A/C with chute at time of collision. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11136 ...

  • Raymond Lubinski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080 Thrown from A/C with chute at time of collision. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11136 ...

  • Louie Onofrio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew number 59. 12 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11136 ...

  • William Pace

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 #42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 #44-8080. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11136 ...

  • Gene Peterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11136 ...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

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...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 26 February 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 26-Feb-44.

Assigned Horham, UK 7 April 1944

Assigned 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Framlingham, UK 11 April 1944

Transferred 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Niederklobikau 30 November 1944 – 30 November 1944

Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44. mid air coll with 44-8080 (390BG), crashed Niederklobikau, Germany. (3 x POW, 6 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 11136.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2019 06:43:10 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, description and events
Sources

42-97407 and 44-8080 collided after 44-8080 was initially hit by flak and lost control, 43-38211 fell to flak on same mission in close proximity but was not involved in the mid-air collision, this according to witnesses cited in MACR's 11131, 11136 and 10831.

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97407-as-te-rix/
https://www.fold3.com/image/30642068

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 16:44:12 terveurn Changes to description and events
Sources

From MACR and Luftwaffe records

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 20:16:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11136 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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