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42-39819

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 7/10/43. [ Waist gunner James P. Mallos was killed on board by Flak during the 7 January 1944 mission to Ludwigshafen (KIA) ] Missing in Action on its 35th mission, to Augsburg, Germany, on 13 April 1944. Pilot Morris F. Swavel, Co-pilot Wilmer R. Goldinger, Navigator Theodore R. Lipchitz, Bombardier Philip W. Wade, Engineer/Top Turret gunner Alec Gwazdosky, Radio Operator Frank C. Bobrowicz, Ball Turret gunner Daniel J. Miller, Left Waist gunner William L. Walker, Right Waist gunner Robert J. Gibbs, Tail gunner James T. O’Brien (10 Killed in Action). Hit by Flak above Brussels on return from the mission. Fell out of formation and was last seen at about 10,000ft, leaving the Belgian coast near Ostend. Ditched in the North Sea about 18km W of Ostend harbour, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3947. ANOXIA QUEEN.

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

  • 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 ...

  • Howard Carey

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

  • 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

  • Theodore Lipchitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Theodore Lipchitz was Navigator 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).

  • James Mallos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) by Flak on board B-17G #42-39819 "Anoxia Queen" during the 7 January 1944 mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany.

  • Daniel Miller

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Daniel Miller was Ball 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 ...

  • James O'Brien

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    James O'Brien was Tail 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 (KIA).

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Missions

  • 301

    13 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) North Sea, 18km West of Ostend, Belgium 13 April 1944

Hit by Flak, ditched in the Channel, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 13:11:22 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

ABMC 3947

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 13:01:10 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3947

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 01:24:19 squid890 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

390th Bomb Wing Web Site

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3947 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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