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Bernard A Anderson

Military

Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • McKinnon Cameron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Hermenau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Walter E. Hermenau, Tail gunner of the B-17 42-37890 “Rovin' Ramona II"/"Big Friend", took off on 20 April 1944 from station 153 Framlingham, UK on a bombing mission over Cherbourg’s V1 launch pad. The plane was hit by flak at 18:57 just after...

  • Walter Kwoka

    Military | Private First Class | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Mann

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mark Overstreet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Mark Overstreet was a Tail gunner and had flown a number of missions with the Warren Hawes Crew (Crew Number 18) in the 390th Bomb Group. He flew most missions with that crew on B-17 #42-31717 “Hells Bells”. Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 ...

  • Jesse Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Sole survivor of the ten crew members. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Vaughan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Wedemeyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890 "Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Zucco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37890"'Big Friend". Killed in Action (KIA).

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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

  • 42-37890 ROVIN’ ROMONA II/BIG FRIEND

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 8/11/43. Missing in Action La Glacerie (33m) on 20 March 1944 with Richard L. Mann, Co-pilot: John E. Vaughan, Navigator: McKinnon Cameron, Bombardier: Walter J....

Missions

  • 309

    20 April 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born E Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA 1922
Lived in 1941

Bernard County, New York

Enlisted 19 December 1941

New York City, New York

Killed in Action (KIA) Brix, near Valognes, France 20 April 1944

In the crash of B-17 #42-37890 Brix, 6km NW of Valognes, 20km SE of Cherbourg, France

Buried 24 April 1944

at the English cemetery in Cherbourg, France

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

after the war, his remains were brought to Normandy. Bernard Anderson rests at Plot E, Row 16, Grave 16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 12:30:19 ED-BB Changes to nickname, biography and events
Sources

MACR 4169
NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 14:36:25 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4169

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2019 08:13:35 Michelbe Changes to service number, awards and events
Sources

Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4169 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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