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Robert Pinkus


Crew Number 51



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...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30434 Betty Boop - The Pistol Packin' Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-A] Framlingham 18/7/43; on Regensburg mission 17/8/43 Len Baumgartner was KIA; Missing in Action Regensburg...

  • 42-31892 - I'll Be Around - The Skillet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Note : The B-17G, 42-31892, was one of several B-17Gs in the 8th Air Force named, I'll Be Around, after the popular song in 1944, "I'll Be Around". WWII air crews often chose to name their airplanes with names already in use. ...

  • 42-31985 Devil's Aces

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Grenier 20/2/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-P] Framlingham 27/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg (18m) 28/5/44 with John Ingram, Co-pilot: Doug Banks, Navigator: Bob Tabeling, Radio Operator: Henry Czerpak,...

  • 43-38472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/44; Lincoln 18/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-F] Framlingham 5/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6607

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 22/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-E] Framlingham 1/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/12/45.

  • 44-8225 'HARD TO GET'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 16/7/44; Langley 12/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-L] Framlingham 29/9/44; Missing in Action Neumunster 7/4/45 with Bill Kotta, Harvey Ainsworth, Carleton Gillmore, Jim Bowler, Chas Turner, Howard Johnson, Don Detwiler,...


  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 292

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 300

    12 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

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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 Odesa, Russia 30 December 1921
Lived in Philadelphia, PA February 1942
Died Hollywood, FL 2 January 2012


Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 04:09:52 466thHistorian Changes to service number

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2020 04:09:18 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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03 October 2018 14:07:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to role and media associations

Correspondence to the American Air Museum from Ellis McClintick, 390th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /