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43-37831

B-17 Flying Fortress

The B-17, Lady Velma, - Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter, 5/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 571Bomb Squadron - 390th Bomb Group [FC-C] Framlingham 17/6/44; Missing in Action, Hannover 14/3/45 with Willard Kast, John Romkema, Bob Peterson, Dan McKinney, Paul Akisevich, John Popesen, Dorsett Shipman, Clyde Belveal, Julian Budziak. 9 KIA; Francis Nix (POW); Mid air collision with, 42-102972, 390th Bomb Group, crashed at Wulften, near Gottingen, Germany. 14 Mar 1945.
Missing Air Crew Report - 13024. Lady Velma.

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Aircraft

  • 42-102972 - Heavenly Cent - Boston Blackie - Miss Boston

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered, Cheyenne, 24/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Dow Field, 21/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-F] Framlingham, 26/5/44. Heavenly Cent; Missing in Action, Hannover, 14/3/45 with Roy Creaseman, Joe McAllister, Mike Bursin, Boyce Pruitt, George Gouldthrite,...

  • 43-37831 Lady Velma

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The B-17, Lady Velma, - Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/44; Hunter, 5/6/44; Grenier 15/6/44; Assigned 571Bomb Squadron - 390th Bomb Group [FC-C] Framlingham 17/6/44; Missing in Action, Hannover 14/3/45 with Willard Kast, John Romkema, Bob Peterson, Dan...

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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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Akin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 68

  • Clyde Belveal

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Alfeld in B-17 'Lady Zelma' #4337831

  • Julian Budziak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Spot Jammer | 390th Bomb Group

  • Willard Kast

    Military | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 85

  • Daniel Kinney

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group

  • Francis Nix

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Alfeld on 14 Mar 45 in B-17 'Lady Zelma' #43-37831, only survivor. Prisoner of War (POW). Had collision with B-17 'Boston Blackie' and was only survivor from both planes.

  • Robert Peterson

    Military | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 85

  • John Popesen

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Alfeld in B-17 'Lady Zelma' #4337831

  • Arthur Rogers

    Military | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Completed 34 missions, Crew Number 95

  • John Romkema

    Military | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 85

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2021 18:50:52 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and aircraft associations
Sources

Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2020 22:36:46 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13024 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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