42-37902 Hell's Bells/Sure Stuff

Object Number - UPL 43864 - Herried Crew (708) Front Row L-R: Lew Stuart (B), Kenneth Bowie (CP), Warren Herried (P), and Frank Corcoran (N) Back Row L-R: Houston Bagwell...

Delivered Denver 8/10/43; Gr Island 27/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-K] Framlingham 8/11/43 as HELL’S BELLS; Missing in Action Oranieburg (20m) 18/4/44 with Jack Harrison, Co-pilot: Gene Pettinelli, Navigator: Bob Adler, Bombardier: Vic Guthrie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Vance, Radio Operator: Bill Matthews, Ball turret gunner: Adolph Chilek, Waist gunner: Bob Frith, Waist gunner: Sherman Pickard, Tail gunner: Melvin Hames (10 Prisoner of War); flak hit in bomb bay and #2 engine caught fire, crashed Barnewitz, ten miles NE of Brandenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4013. SURE THING.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-694638
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18187769
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37544827
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741509
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37418829
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

Failed to Return (FTR)

Framlingham, England 1943-11-08 - 1944-04-18 Assigned to 568BS/390BG.

Crashed

Barnewitz, Germany 1944-04-18 Witnesses reported watching the bomb bay and #2 engine burst into flames from flak almost immediately after dropping their bombs. It appears that the aircraft drifted downward in a controlled manner, giving all the crew time to escape. The crew were later taken prisoner and served roughly 13 months. All of them survived the war and returned home.

Revisions

Date21 Apr 2022 03:47:10
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date16 Nov 2021 06:12:57
ContributorCastleBren
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390th Bomb Group records

Date21 Oct 2021 09:46:31
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Date21 Oct 2021 09:44:08
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Date31 Dec 2020 15:08:58
Contributorphil marchese
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Clarifies some of the the discrepancies between the AAM synopsis and the associated image.

Correspondingly, restructures previous remarks to conform with update.

Date20 Oct 2020 01:08:09
Contributorpamccolgan
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447 Bomber Group

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:46
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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