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Melvin H Breckenridge


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).



  • 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

    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


  • 42-30289 The Douche Bag, The Dull Tool

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/43; Gore 18/5/43; Geiger 25/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 30/6/43; Dow Fd 12/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-H] Framlingham 13/7/43 THE DOUCHE BAG; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/1/44 with Jim Prophett, Co-pilot: Berni...

  • 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,...

  • 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: John Wenzel, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Scott Barrows, Flight engineer/top...

  • 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...


  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • 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 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

  • 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...

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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 Pondcreek, Oklahoma, USA 25 August 1920
Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK 19 January 1942
Shot Down/Ditched/Rescued Med. Sea, 13 miles off Annaba (Bone), Algeria 17 August 1943
Killed in Action (KIA) Vondsundern, 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 Pond Creek, OK 1949

Pond Creek Cemetery
Pond Creek, Grant County, Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 00:29:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 03:59:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 396 / MACR 396; MACR 861 / MACR 861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database