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42-37890

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 8/11/43. Missing in Action La Glacerie (33m) on 20 March 1944 with Richard L. Mann, Co-pilot: John E. Vaughan, Navigator: McKinnon Cameron, Bombardier: Walter J. Kwoka, Radio Operator: Bernard A. Anderson, Ball Turret gunner: Raymond Zucco, Left Waist gunner: Robert T. Wedemeyer, Right Waist gunner: Walter E. Hermenau, Tail gunner: Mark I. Overstreet (9 Killed in Action). Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Jesse W. Roberts (POW- blew out of ship and captured near crash site). Flak hit the Fortress, which exploded before all the crew could bail out. Crashed near Brix, 6km NW of Valognes, 20km SE of Cherbourg, France. Missing Air Crew Report-MACR 4169. ROVIN’ ROMONA II/BIG FRIEND.

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

  • Paul Akin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 68

  • Bernard Anderson

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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 ...

  • McKinnon Cameron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Carey

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 7

  • 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 ...

  • William Henry

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

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Missions

  • 309

    20 April 1944

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) Brix, near Valognes, France 20 April 1944

crashed near Brix, 6km NW of Valognes, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 13:07:04 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4169

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4169 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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