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42-30334

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Chanute 22/6/43; Lewiston 23/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-E] Framlingham 15/7/43 EIGHT BALL; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Bill Harding, Co-pilot: Valdemar Cordova, Navigator: Clint Jacobsen, Bombardier: Ed Morgan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Craven, Radio Operator: Mario Lubue, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Ross, Waist gunner: Vince Plouff, Waist gunner: George Fritz,Tail gunner: John Ovadal (10 Prisoner of War); mid-air coll with 42-30325 (390BG) breaking off part of right wing, crashed in Lake Constance, near Friedrichshafen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2271. VIRGIN STURGEON.

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...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Valdemar Cordova

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Craven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Fritz

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Harding

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Douglas Herrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Douglas Herrick served as a navigator with Harry E Wight's crew (Crew 71 assigned to 571 BS, 390 BG), which arrived at Framlingham on 17 Nov 1943 as part of a large expansion of the Eighth. He flew his first mission on 5 Dec 1943 and the last on 7 May...

  • Clinton Jacobsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mario LoBue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Mario spent time in Stalag Lufts IV, III, and I (Barth) as a POW. POW

  • Edward Morgan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Ovadal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner/Armourer | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vincent Plouff

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-30334 'Virgin Sturgeon' collided with another aircraft on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 29 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 08:31:25 Emily Changes to markings and media associations
Sources

Removed source information wrongly added to markings field by Phil Marchese and LTC Harding, and removed wrongly associated media depicting B-17 41-24419

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 14:48:35 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM images and text.
F-100-BO configuration at FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945, Marchese.

AAM image at 42-30337.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 02:05:21 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2018 03:26:57 LTCHarding Changes to media associations
Sources

LTC Harding

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2018 03:15:06 LTCHarding Changes to markings
Sources

Information provided by LTC Dana Harding US Army (Ret) son ofWilliam J Harding

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2017 17:50:08 Monroe Changes to markings
Sources

If necessary I can provide official sources for the necessary correction.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2271 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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