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42-37925

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 16/11/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Bob Biesecker, Co-pilot: Floyd Breedlove, Navigator: Irving Nordendahl, Bombardier: Theo Aycock, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Peter Repka, Ball turret gunner: Dominic Robbe, Tail gunner: Bill Rooks (7 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Harry Houck, Waist gunner: Mike Farowich, Waist gunner: Grover Wallace (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Wallburg, near Ettenheim, five miles S of Schwarzwald, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3182. RICK-O-SHAY III.

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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Theodore Aycock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Biesecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Augsburg in B-17 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' 18-Mar-44; attacked by six Me109's, exploded and crashed Sth of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany after only three men baled out....

  • Floyd Breedlove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Farowich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Houck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Irving Nordendahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Peter Repka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked head on by three ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dominick Robbe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 61. B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Rooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Grover Wallace

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Germany 18 March 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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