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Jack Edward Pelton


Crew Number 51



  • Rex Bleak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group

  • Robert Carter

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

  • Leroy Holmberg

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 51

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102532

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-O] Framlingham 11/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Dick Tannehill, Navigator: Bob Horst, Bombardier: Elmer Leggett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry...

  • 42-102634

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/44; Gr Island 12/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-B] Framlingham 3/5/44 MARY JANE; mechanical problems and battle damaged, plus # 3 & 4 smoking Saarbrucken 9/11/44 with ?; crash landed continent; crew bailed NE St...

  • 42-30325 Miss Carry

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Spokane 20/5/43; Portland 4/6/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-D] Framlingham 18/7/43; on mission to Frankfurt 29/1/44 with ? crew ?; coll with 42-30334 (390BG) but returned to...

  • 42-31275 G I Wonder

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/10/43; Gr Island 25/10/43; Romulus 1/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 10/11/43; Melvin Adams Wounded in Action on Merseburg mission 29/6/44 Returned to the USA 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45;...

  • 42-31971 Twenty-One or Bust

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/1/44; Gt Falls 12/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; (force landed Rineanna, Eire from Labrador to UK 8/2/44): Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-E] Framlingham 9/2/44; ...

  • 42-32089

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-W] Framlingham 22/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg (26m) 28/5/44 with Adolph Mathias, Co-pilot: Henry Gerards, Navigator: Joe Freyland, Bombardier: Quinton...

  • 42-3312 SEQUATCHIEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-K] Framlingham 14/7/43. ...

  • 42-39911 'Mary Lou'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5/10/43; Gr Island 17/11/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-N] Framlingham 18/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin [41m] 8/5/44 with Wallace Simmons, Co-pilot: Tom Lawson, Navigator: Frank Silke, Bombardier: Francis Lambert, Flight engineer...

  • 44-8265

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/7/44; Cheyenne 4/8/44; Lincoln 16/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-C] Framlingham 4/9/44; abort mission 14/2/45, #2 engine burning at 12,000ft due to mech. failure. Pilot dove to 7,000ft, fire went out, but during dive...


  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 292

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 300

    12 April 1944

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Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Portland, OR 29 June 1917
Lived in Portland, OR 16 October 1940

831 SW Vista

390th BG Combat Tour Framlingham Airfield, UK 16 March 1944 – 4 August 1944
Died Walla Walla, WA 28 August 1998
Buried Williamette National Cemetery 31 August 1998

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
COL-2, 305, A


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Correspondence to the American Air Museum from Ellis McClintick, 390th Bomb Group.

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27 September 2014 18:13:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /