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42-37818

B-17 Flying Fortress

The B-17G, SN #42-37818, named, 'PUB PETE' and 'DINAH MITE', was delivered to Long Beach, CA, Sept 10, 1943, Gr Island, Sept 30, 1943. It was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 390th Bomb Group, and the 568th Bomb Squadron, Framlingham, Britain, Oct 7, 1943. 'PUB PETE' went MIA, Missing In Action, on a bombing mission to destroy German "V" weapons over Pas de Calais, France, with Clyde Baugher, Co-pilot: Elmer Schwankl, Bombardier: Paul Fabian, Waist gunner: Phil Marizzaldi, chute failed - 4 Killed in Action - Navigator: Charles Lee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert Redwine, Radio Operator: Carter Lunsford, Ball turret gunner: Walton Beach, Waist gunner: Frank Bongiovanni, Tail gunner: Dick Chin POW. Flak knocked the ship out of formation. Crashed in the sea off Wissant, France, between Boulogne and Calais. Jan 21, 1944. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2270.

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

  • Clyde Baughar

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walton Beach

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Bongiovanni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dick Chin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Fabian

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Victor Grzymkowski

    Military | Major | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to ETO UK, STA 155, Great Ashfield, 385th Bomb Group in April 1944; flew missions through June 1945. Was assigned temporary duty to 388th Bomb Group, Knettishall. Was sent to RAF STA 136 Winsfarthing, Fersfield for missions with Project...

  • William Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B 17 gunner waist, Ball, top/flight engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 8

  • Charles Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carter Lunsford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Philip Marizzaldi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed in the Channel on mission to V-sites near Calais, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37818 'Pub Pete', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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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) France 21 January 1944
Crashed 62179 Wissant, France 21 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 07:44:45 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Disp...

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 07:42:51 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Disp...

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 07:33:30 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Disp...

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 06:37:52 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Best Web - B-17 - 'DINAH MITE' - 'PUB PETE'

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2270 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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