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John H Alvey


Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 17-Oct-43 crew bailed out of B-17 42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. 25 x missions (13 x aboard 42-3472 "The Vulture").

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30610 'Red Ass'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gr Isle 15/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 3/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-M] Framlingham 6/8/43; caught fire on Duren mission 17/10/43, with Clarry Strawn, Co-pilot: Warren Smith, Navigator: John Alvey,...

  • 42-3472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/7/43; Amarillo 3/7/43; Scott 13/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-G/N/S] Framlingham 25/8/43 SHOOT A POUND; re-named THE VULTURE 4/44; declared War Weary and transferred HQ 100BG Thorpe Abbotts, damaged in taxi accident with Ray...

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
Based Framlingham 6 September 1943 – 4 February 1944

Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out 17 October 1943

17-Oct-43 crew bailed out of B-17 42-30610 'Red Ass' when a fire in the fuselage developed during a training flight. RTD.


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 17:45:07 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 344