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Orman M. Coffin Crew
390th BG - 569th BS - 8th AF

Standing Left to Right: Lloyd K. Watkin (FE), Roland R. Ridgeway (RO), George P. Marco (BTG), Earl S. Lyles (TG), Dale A. Johns (TOG), Charles Spector (WG)

Kneeling Left to Right: Frank G. Ware (N), Orman M. Coffin (P), Jack S. Novak (CP)



  • 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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron


  • Orman Coffin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Crew Number 22

  • Dale Johns

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Togglier
    Crew Number 22

  • Earl Lyles

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97093 'Doc's Flying Circus' or 'Girl of my Dreams' or 'I'll Get By'. Severe icing occurred during assembly for Kassel mission. Ship went into spin, Earl S. Lyles Jr. and Charles Spector bail out, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Marco

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Crew Number 22

  • Jack Novak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Crew Number 22

  • Rolland Ridgway

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Crew Number 22

  • Charles Spector

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner

  • Frank Ware

    Military | Navigator
    Crew Number 22

  • Lloyd Watkins

    Military | Flight Engineer
    Crew Number 22


  • 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...


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