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42-5984

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 11/6/43; Gore Fd 7/7/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 20/7/43 RUSTY LODE; severe battle damaged over Munster 10/10/43, McGregor KIA; Cox, Tolan, Tennant bailed out and POW; aircraft and rest of crew returned to base; transferred to 570BS/390BG [DI- ] in 1/44; re-named BUCKSHOT ANNIE; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45. BUCKSHOT BLUES.

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

  • Melvin Breckenridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marvin Cox

    Military | Sergeant | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 9

  • John Danielsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lewis Gardner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold McGregor

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-5984 'Rusty Lode' or 'Buckshot Annie'. Severe battle damage at Munster 10 Oct 43. McGregor Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bertil Olson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Spirito

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Joseph Sutton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot of the 'Rusty Lode' that in combat with the Germans in Oct 1943. Plane was shot up and they were able to get the B-17 back to base WWII Victory Medal, EAME Campaign Medal

  • Walter Swiniuchowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 19:51:08 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-40-ve-42-5955-42-...

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 15:17:53 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

Richard King on Facebook

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 20:36:42 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added another nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2017 16:47:43 Z07coupe Changes to nicknames
Sources

American Air Museum.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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