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Michael Farowich


B-17G #42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked by six ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men baled out. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Robert Biesecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Augsburg in B-17 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' 18-Mar-44; attacked by six Me109's, exploded and crashed Sth of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany after only three men baled out....

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...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37925 Rick-O-Shay III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 16/11/43; Missing in Action Munich 18/3/44 with Bob Biesecker, Co-pilot: Floyd Breedlove, Navigator: Irving Nordendahl, Bombardier: Theo Aycock, Flight engineer/top...

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 Brooklyn, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 18 March 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 03:51:12 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added S/N and POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3182 / MACR 3182, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database