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42-30610

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gr Isle 15/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 3/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-M] Framlingham 6/8/43; caught fire on Duren mission 17/10/43, with Clarry Strawn, Co-pilot: Warren Smith, Navigator: John Alvey, Bombardier: John Partridge, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Hagen, Radio Operator: Tom Hennessey, Ball turret gunner: Harry Gay, Waist gunner: Bill Kozima, Waist gunner: Norman Salo,Tail gunner: George Nesbit, and crew bailed OK, the aircraft crashed at Cannon Barn Farm, West Hanningfield, near Chelmsford, Ex; Salvaged 17/10/43. RED ASS.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Alvey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 17-Oct-43 crew bailed out of B-17 42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. 25 x missions (13 x aboard 42-3472 "The Vulture"). Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Gay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • Kenneth Hagen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B-17 #42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • Thomas Hennessey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • William Kozima

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • George Nesbit

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • John Pardridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    Completed 25 missions with the 390th. 17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. . Killed in Action (KIA) when assigned to the 386th BG. DFC, AM with 6 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Norman Salo

    Military | Master Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions. 17-Oct-43 crew bailed out of B-17 42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Warren Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight.

  • Clarence Strawn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    17 October 1943 crew bailed out of B17#42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel in 1964

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 29 June 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 29-Jun-43.

Assigned Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13, UK 6 August 1943

Assigned 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed West Hanningfield, UK 17 October 1943

Caught fire on Duren mission 17-Oct-43 crew bailed OK, the aircraft crashed at Cannon Barn Farm, West Hanningfield, near Chelmsford 10 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 17:53:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-30610&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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