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Theodore Fluke Jr

Military

Crew Number 71

Service

People

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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102936

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 30/5/44; transferred 569BS/390BG [CC-P] Framlingham 1/6/44; detailed Brest, Fr. 26/8/44 with Paul Bellamy, Co-pilot: Jim Graba, Bombardier: Joe Lee, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-30266 Wild Children, Lucky Strike

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Moses Lake 22/5/43; Geiger 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 26/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 1/7/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-W] Framlingham 1/8/43 WILD CHILDREN; (55m) on practice mission 9/7/44 with...

  • 42-31512 Ice Cold Katie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/11/43; Gt Falls 15/11/43; Denver 22/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Presque Is 25/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 2/1/44; suffered n/battle damaged hitting tree at Grundisburgh Hall, Sfk, being slow timed on 2/6/44, with...

  • 42-31649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Grenier 26/1/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-C] Framlingham 2/2/44 OLD SOLDIER; took off as weather ship before a mission 24/5/44 with Percy Stresing, Co-pilot: Bob Buckley, Navigator: Jean Raas, Bombardier:...

  • 44-6099

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-H] Framlingham 25/5/44; severe battle damaged at Tours 1/8/44, with - Blevins, rest unknown ? , force landed at Woodbridge ELG, Sfk, UK. Salvaged 4/8/44.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled due to weather before it could take off. Mission...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Enterprise, PA 12 December 1923
Lived in Washington, DC June 1942

1533 D Street NE

Enlisted Washington, DC 26 October 1942
390th BG Combat Tour Framligham Airfield, UK 5 January 1944 – 7 June 1944
Died Lake Meade, PA 25 December 2006
Buried New Enterprise, PA 28 December 2006

New Enterprise Cemetery
New Enterprise, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, US

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 01:39:19 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=750042
http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29839761/theodore-r.-fluke
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=6547325&...

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 01:38:49 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=750042
http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29839761/theodore-r.-fluke
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=6547325&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.390thspace.com/bombgroup.php?page=1&name=F

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