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42-32026

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/44; Gr Island 30/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-E] Framlingham 10/2/44; Missing in Action Kassel 30/12/44 with Duane Sweeny, Patrick Nolan, Ellis Ruane, John Satterwhite, Bill Beighan, Bill Frawley, John Cooklis, Lt Crockett Harmon {wg}, LeRoy Brandenburg (9 Killed in Action); apparently iced up en route to target, crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 11247. TIS A MYSTERY.

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

  • William Beighan

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-17 'Tis A Mystery' #4232026

  • 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 ...

  • LeRoy Brandenburg

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in North Sea in B-17 'Tis A Mystery' #4232026

  • John Cooklis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-17 'Tis A Mystery' #4232026

  • William Frawley

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-17 'Tis A Mystery' #4232026

  • 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 ...

  • Crockett Harmon

    Military | Lieutenant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-17 'Tis A Mystery' #4232026

  • Daniel Miller

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Daniel Miller was Ball 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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 30 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11247 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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