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John Sylvester Phalen


Crew Number 5



  • Delmer Everly

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 5

  • Donald Morris

    Military | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 37

  • Morris Swavel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Morris Swavel was Pilot of B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102533

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 8/4/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with George Spann, Co-pilot: Theo Becker, Navigator: Prospero Demarco, Bombardier: Jim Webb, Flight engineer...

  • 42-31732 Paper Doll II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 2/6/44 with Bob Crouch, Waist gunner: George Ferguson, Waist gunner: Ben Tureman (3 Prisoner of War); Co...

  • 42-31744

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 5/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A (was BI-W) Framlingham 5/2/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger. 14/1/45 with Walt Wiegnad, Herb Bracht, Wallace Shipplett, Noble Parker (4 Killed in Action); Jim Blaire, Bill Bongard,...

  • 42-37906

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-V] Framlingham 11/11/43 as WILD CHILDREN II; Missing in Action (48m) St Jusy, Paris 2/8/44 with Clay Perry, Co-pilot: Harry Sproul, Navigator: Chas Ryan, Bombardier: Beverly Stubbs,...

  • 44-8798

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/44; Hunter 13/1/45; Grenier 6/2/45; Assigned 569BS/390BG H2X [CC-O] Framlingham 8/2/45; Missing in Action Munich 9/4/45 with Capt Walter Slade (?Alliston Stade!), W.J. Corcoran, - Kirby, O. Burk, W.F. Newton, L.B. Watson, J.E....


  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 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 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 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....

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 309

    20 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 Mason City, IL 17 May 1920
Lived in Aurora, IL 1 July 1940

442 North Avenue

Enlisted Chicago, IL 13 November 1941
390th BG Combat Tour Framlingham Airfield, UK 2 March 1944 – 7 April 1945
Died Plainfield, IL 4 December 2006
Buried Plainfield, IL 7 December 2006

Saint Mary Immaculate Cemetery
Plainfield, Will County, Illinois, USA


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