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A bomber crew of the 390th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress ( serial number 42-31027) nicknamed "Honey Chile" and their dog and monkey mascots "Scrappy" and "Joe". Peter Repka, third from right, top turret gunner.

Peter Repka also flew on B-17 42-37925 "Rick O' Shay II", 571st Bomber Squadron. Shot down by 3 ME-109s March 18, 1944.



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb 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


  • Robert Biesecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Augsburg in B-17 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' 18-Mar-44; attacked by six Me109's, exploded and crashed Sth of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany after only three men baled out....

  • Scrappy Dog

    Military | Mascot
    Scrappy was presented to the crew while training in U.S. and accompanied the boys on their transatlantic flight to England.

  • Joe Monkey

    Military | Mascot

  • Peter Repka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    B-17G 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked head on by three ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
25 January 2018 10:20:30 Lucy May Changes to caption and place associations

Corrected aircraft identification in image caption. See captions of very similar photos connected to B-17 42-31027:

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2018 02:13:37 PeterRepka Changes to caption

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Date Contributor Update
25 January 2018 02:12:09 PeterRepka Created entry with caption

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