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Verne R Gray


Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Alfeld in B-17 'Boston Blackie' #42102972 Mission was to bomb the marshalling yards at Seelze, near Hanover when his plane was hit by another B-17, the 'Lady Velma' and both planes went down. , there was only one survivor, Francis Joe Nix, out of the Lady Velma.

Purple Heart



  • William Marra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Force-landed in Switzerland on 5 September 1944 in B-17 Blues in the Night #43-37866. Interned in neutral Switzerland.

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


  • 42-102972 - Heavenly Cent - Boston Blackie - Miss Boston

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered, Cheyenne, 24/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Dow Field, 21/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-F] Framlingham, 26/5/44. Heavenly Cent; Missing in Action, Hannover, 14/3/45 with Roy Creaseman, Joe McAllister, Mike Bursin, Boyce Pruitt, George Gouldthrite,...


Event Location Date
Born Longmont, Colorado, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 14 March 1945
Died 14 March 1945
Buried Longmont, Colorado


Date Contributor Update
20 January 2015 08:01:23 Allen Changes to nickname and awards


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13025 / MACR13025/relative / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database