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42-39887

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/9/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-J] Framlingham 2/11/43. Missing in Action on its 54th mission, the one to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, on 5 June 1944, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. Pilot Hugh A. Pickell, Co-pilot Rodger Beckman, Bombardier Richard P. Joseph, Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner Robert L. Davis, Radio Operator Norman J. Hollis, Ball Turret gunner Norman R. Bean, Left Waist gunner: Joseph M. Carini, Right Waist gunner Leroy E. Aulthouse, Tail gunner Roland L. Zander (9 Killed in Action). Flak & mid-air collision with 42-97473 (390BG). Eight bailed out prior to crash, aircraft crashed English Channel. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 5480.

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

  • Le Roy Aulthouse

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #42-39887 "Pickle Dropper IV". Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Norman Bean

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Norman Bean was Ball Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In...

  • Roger Beckman

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Rodger Beckman was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in to the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Joseph Carini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Carini was Left Waist gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, off Dieppe, France, with no...

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Davis was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed...

  • Robert Fregosi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 72 "Unsure of this aircraft listed as his last mission. SERIAL 46134 ACLETTER D AIRCRAFT NAME Gung Ho/Dotsy/Pandora SQUADRON 568 MISSING - MODEL B-17G"

  • Douglas Herrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Douglas Herrick served as a navigator with Harry E Wight's crew (Crew 71 assigned to 571 BS, 390 BG), which arrived at Framlingham on 17 Nov 1943 as part of a large expansion of the Eighth. He flew his first mission on 5 Dec 1943 and the last on 7 May...

  • Norman Hollis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Norman Hollis was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Richard Joseph

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Richard Joseph was Bombardier on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Hugh Pickell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Hugh Pickell was Pilot of B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action (KIA), he...

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Missions

  • 392

    5 June 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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 5 June 1944

crashed at sea

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 12:50:42 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5480

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:43:30 JoCarter Changes to nicknames
Sources

see notes

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5480 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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