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Lewis Scott Gardner

Military

Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Wade Sneed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-30330 Blood, Guts & Rust II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/43; Gore 28/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dyersburg 27/6/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A, was L] Framlingham 4/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Capt Jim Pederson, Co-pilot: Joe Carter,...

  • 42-30719 Shatzi

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/7/43; Kearney 27/7/43; Scott 14/8/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-P] Framlingham 25/8/43; Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with Harold W. Schuyler, Co-pilot: Earl H. Rivers Jr, Bombardier: George M. Sennatt, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-3328 'Miss Fortune'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Tinker 22/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 15/7/43; Missing in Action (15m) Munster 10/10/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: Darwin Michaelson, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Lew Gardner, Flight engineer...

  • 42-5984 'Rusty Lode', Buckshot Annie', 'Buckshot Blues'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/6/43; Gore Fd 7/7/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 20/7/43 RUSTY LODE; severe battle damaged over Munster 10/10/43, McGregor KIA; Cox, Tolan, Tennant bailed out and POW; aircraft and rest of crew...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pulaski, TN 11 November 1915
Enlisted Charlotte, NC 30 March 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Vorsundern, Germany 10 October 1943

Mis Fortune (23328-D, 568): cruelly living up to its namesake, the "Mis Fortune" was struck by a rocket and collided with the "Mis Behavin" (23415-Q, 571). The aircraft then broke in two and crashed. Three members of the crew (William E. Wenckens, John W. Danielsen, and Carl F. Spirito) survived, but were subsequently taken prisoner by the Germans.

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Plot D Row 3 Grave 51
Ardennes American Cemetery
Ardennes American Cemetery
164, route du Condroz
B-4121
Neupré
Belgium

Lived in Charlotte, NC

725 Hawthorne Lane

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 03:08:25 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=950851&t...
http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=903861

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 20:54:49 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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