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Gustave Maurice Bjorkstrom


Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17, 42-97407, The As Te Risk. Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with the B-17, 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). 30-Nov-44. MACR 11136

Awards: PH - EAMEC Medal - WWII Victory Medal

* - Cologne 15-Oct-44, Cologne 16-Oct-44, Kassel, Hamm, Weisbaden, Langerwehe, Saarbrucken, Geisen, Merseburg [Recalled], Saarbrucken, Mannheim, Merseburg 30-Nov-44.



  • Gene Peterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Command Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Lt. Gene H.Peterson was assigned as a B-17 pilot to the 570th Bomb Squadron, the 390th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, USAAF. He flew 12 combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg, Germany, in the B-17, 42-97407, The As Te Risk, 30 Nov 44;...

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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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron



  • 678

    15 October 1944

  • 680

    16 October 1944

  • 731

    30 November 1944

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 Kansas City, MO 6 June 1915

Son of Gustave Adolph and Lillyan Mae Bjorkstrom.
Born Gustave Maurice as per 1930 census and draft registration (Signature confirms same) Oct-40. Seems to have dropped his forename on entering service.

Next of Kin Oakland, CA 1942

Wife Bernardine D Bjorkstrom, Oakland, Alameda County, CA.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 8 September 1942
Based Framlingham 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Flur Oberkotzau, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. KIA MACR 11136

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 1948

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County, VA


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 10:21:28 Kickapoo Changes to role

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31 October 2021 10:19:34 Kickapoo Changes to biography and awards

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11136 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database