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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-L] Framlingham 29/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/11/45. PRINCESS PAT aka HANNAH’S CHILDREN.



  • 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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron


  • Hershel Ballinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 38


  • 472

    14 July 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 487

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 493

    24 July 1944

  • 510

    2 August 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

  • 514

    4 August 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 2 June 1944
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 29 June 1944


Returned to the U.S. Bradley AAF, Windsor Locks, CT 3 July 1945


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 02:31:42 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 20:49:12 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and unit associations

Added connections to the 569th BS & 390th BG mentioned in the A/C description.
Added the nicknames mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log