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44-8319

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Kearney 9/8/44; Lincoln 14/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-L] Framlingham 5/9/44; Missing in Action Friedberg 4/12/44 with George Massa, Cecil Napier, John Cederlind (3 Killed in Action); Dave Wetherill, Francis Zmudka, Bill Reulbach, Theo Albertus, Dan Janish, Omar Grubbs (6 Prisoner of War); flak and exploded, crashed Simmern, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11055.

Service

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

  • Theodore Albertus

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 12/4/44 near Simmern in B-17 #44-8319, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Cederlind

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Simmern in B-17 #448319

  • Omar Grubbs

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 12/4/44 near Simmern in B-17 #448319

  • Daniel Janish

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 12/4/44 near Simmern in B-17 #44-8319, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Massa

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Simmern in B-17 #448319

  • Cecil Napier

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Simmern in B-17 #44-8319, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Reulbach

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 12/4/44 near Simmern in B-17 #448319

  • Arthur Rogers

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

  • David Wetherill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Flew 9 missions from October 30, 1944 to December 4, 1944: 10/30/44 Merseburg; 11/2/44 Merseburg; 11/4/44 Neunkirchen; 11/6/44 Neumunster; 11/10/44 Weisbaden; 11/16/44 Duren Area; 11/21/44 Glessen; 11/29/44 Hamm; 11/30/44 Merseburg; 12/4/44 Friedburg....

  • Francis Zmudka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crashed on 12/4/44 in B-17 #44-8319 near Simmern, Prisoner of War (POW).

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 4 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11055 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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