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42-31717

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action [14m] Berlin 8/3/44 with Paul Quillin, Co-pilot: Harmon Jordan, Navigator: Jake Simonitsch, Bombardier: Ray Jabara, Radio Operator: Larry Volk, Ball turret gunner: Jesse Best, Waist gunner: Bill Malyuch, Waist gunner: Bill Schmidt,Tail gunner: Myrle Clausen (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Le Baron (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Kobbelitz?, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2988. HELLS BELLS.

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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Andrew Archiopoli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Andrew Archiopoli was Bombardier on the Warren Hawes Crew (Crew Number 18) in the 390th Bomb Group. He flew most missions on B-17 #42-31717 “HELLS BELLS”.

  • Darwin Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Darwin Arnold was Co-Pilot on the Warren Hawes Crew (Crew Number 18) in the 390th Bomb Group. He flew most missions on B-17 #42-31717 “HELLS BELLS”.

  • Walter Backman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Walter Beckman was Navigator on the Warren Hawes Crew (Crew Number 18) in the 390th Bomb Group. He flew most missions on B-17 #42-31717 “HELLS BELLS”.

  • Jesse Best

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    The crew baled out of B-17G #42-31717 'Hells Bells' after being attacked by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Bobrowicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Frank Bobrowicz was Radio Operator on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

  • Myrle Clausen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    The crew baled out of B-17G #42-31717 'Hells Bells' after being attacked by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Johnny Enlow

    Military | Engineer/Top Turret gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Johnny R. Enlow was Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner on the Warren Hawes Crew (Crew Number 18) in the 390th Bomb Group. He flew most missions with the Hawes crew on B-17 #42-31717 “HELLS BELLS”. In total, he flew 41 missions in two tours. He was shot...

  • Robert Gibbs

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Gibbs was Right Waist gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

  • Wilmer Goldinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Wilmer Goldinger was Co-Pilot on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Alec Gwazdosky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Alec Gwazdosky was Top Turret gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

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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 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 14:30:30 ED-BB Changes to person associations
Sources

Connected with Johnny Enlow

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2988 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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