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42-3306

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-L] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Vitry-En-Artois 15/8/43 with Bill Lawrence (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bill Middledorf, Navigator: Joe Birdwell, Bombardier: Francis Harkins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Sentkoski (4 evaded capture); Radio Operator: Bill Murphy, Ball turret gunner: Bernie Stevens, Waist gunner: Pat Caron, Waist gunner: Romaine Fiffe,Tail gunner: Pete Mrjenovich (5 Killed in Action); aircraft broke in half in mid-air coll with 42-30320 over target area, crashed Bonvinchen, near St Omer, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 258. PHOENIX.

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Aircraft

  • 42-30320 Coy de Coy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/5/43; Gore 15/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Langley 25/6/43; Cutbank 27/6/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-S] Framlingham 11/7/43; badly damaged 11/12/43 over Emden with ...

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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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Birdwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). MACR 258. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick Caron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 258. Awards: PH.

  • Romaine Fiffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 258. Awards: PH.

  • Francis Harkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Francis Harkins served as a bombardier with the 390th Bomb Group. He was part of crew number 18. On 15 August 1943, he was shot down in B-17 #423306. Francis evaded capture with the help of many different French people. The names of the people known to...

  • Billy Lawrence

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 258. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Middledorf

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    William Middledorf served as a co-pilot with the 569th Bomb Squadron of the 390th Bomb Group. He flew bombing missions out of Framlingham, England. On 15 August 1943, he was shot down in B-17F 42-3306. He was able to evade capture, helped by French...

  • Peter Mrjenovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Murphy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569th 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Walter Sentkoski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-3306 'Phoenix' 15-Aug-43. Baled out successfully. Evaded (EVD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Stevens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-Aug-43 in B-17F 42-3306 'Phoenix' unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA April 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 23 May 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 23-May-43.

Assigned Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13, UK 14 July 1943

Assigned 569BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 59670 Bavinchove, France 15 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Missing in Action Vitry-En-Artois
aircraft broke in half in mid-air coll with 42-30320 over target area, crashed Bonvinchen, near St Omer. [1 POW, 4 EVD, 5 KIA] 15-Aug-43. MACR 258.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2017 21:19:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29419192

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:16:07 Rainer Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Updated aircraft connections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 258 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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