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42-30434

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 18/7/43; on Regensburg mission 17/8/43 Len Baumgartner was KIA; Missing in Action Regensburg 25/2/44 with Bob Bowman,Tail gunner: Carl Phillips (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Pat Reams, Navigator: Frank Belva, Bombardier: Carl Larsen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Daniel, Radio Operator: Marshall Peck, Ball turret gunner: Delbert Lambson, Waist gunner: Joe Embrey, Waist gunner: Harry Roberts (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Le Fond de la Borne, near St Erme, nine miles SE of Laon, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2659. BETTY BOOP - THE PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA.

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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leonard Baumgartner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed on Regensburg mission 17-8-43 aboard B17 42-30434 "Betty Boop - The Pistol Packin' Mama". 'Betty Boop' landed in Nth Africa. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Frank Belva

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg, GR and crashed SE of Laon, FR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2659. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Bowman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg and crashed SE of Laon on 25-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2659. ...

  • Clarence Daniel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg, GR and crashed SE of Laon, FR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joe Embrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg, GR and crashed SE of Laon, FR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Geary

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Re-assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 24-May-44 in B-17 42-97845. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5151. ...

  • Shirl Hoffman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 26. Flew 25 missions on the James Geary Crew of the Betty Boop/Pistol Packin' Mama EAME, Good Conduct, Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC

  • Delbert Lambson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg, GR and crashed SE of Laon, FR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Larsen

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Number 51. Shot down by fighters and flak en-route to target Regensburg and crashed SE of Laon on 25-Feb-44 in B-17 42-30434 'Betty Boop-The Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2659. ...

  • Nathaniel Mencow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 26. Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew aboard B-17 42-30434 "Betty Boop - The Pistol Packin' Mama". 25 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Appointed wing navigator 13th Combat wing in charge of mission planning and training of...

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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) France 25 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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