Francis J Brodzik


On the return from a mission to Rostock, GR on 20 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-30246 'Spot Remover' was unable to transfer fuel from the Tokyo tanks and headed towards Sweden. Crew was forced to bale out over Denmark and the a/c crashed near Tierstrup. Prisoner of War (POW).



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


Personnel of the 390th Bomb Group meet local civilians in North Africa during a mission. Their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30246) nicknamed "Spot Remover" is visible in the background. First handwritten caption on reverse: 'NA, 390 BG.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '"Local natives gather around, slightly scared but still avid to acquire American cigarettes" 390 BG.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spot Remover
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 570th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description


Utica, New York, USA


Prisoner of War (POW)

Germany 20 February 1944


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2436 / MACR 2436, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database