Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-3310

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: John Wenzel, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Scott Barrows, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bertil Olsen, Radio Operator: Virgil Ulven, Ball turret gunner: Fred Oppelt, Waist gunner: John Danielson, Waist gunner: Clarry Pane, Tail gunner: Carl Spirito (10 Returned to Duty) flak, ditched Mediterranean Sea 13 miles off Bone, North Africa, all rescued. Missing Air Crew Report 396. BLOOD, GUTS AND RUST.

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

  • Scott Barrows

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base.

  • Melvin Breckenridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Danielsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertil Olson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Oppelt

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base.

  • Clarence Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wade Sneed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Spirito

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Virgil Ulven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Crew Number 5.

  • John Wenzel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 2 June 1943
Assigned Framlingham Airfield, UK 14 July 1943
Ditched Med Sea, 13 miles off the coast of Annaba (Bone), Algeria 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2022 20:29:26 jmoore43 Changes to media associations
Sources

Unselected key image.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 19:47:15 466thHistorian Changes to markings and events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 20:53:46 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 20:50:45 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 396 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share