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'Patches/We'll Never Know,' 4229991, 390 BG, 571 BS, shot down after bomb run on Schweinfurt Germany ball bearing factories, 14 Oct 1943.



  • 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...

  • Headquarters (390th Bomb Group)


  • Albert Widman

    Military | Other | Radio Operator
    Shot down after completing the bomb run by two ME-110s, 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229991 'Patches. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW at Stalag Luft 17. POW until end of the war.


  • 42-29991 Patches, We'll Never Know

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Dallas 2/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Love Fd 13/5/43; Geiger 26/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 29/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-T] Framlingham 14/7/43 PATCHES; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Fernie...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...


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12 April 2022 16:49:04 RFCrowther Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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