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Wade Hampton Sneed Jr.

Military

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base.

Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Scott Barrows

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base.

  • Melvin Breckenridge

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Danielsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lewis Gardner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Darwin Michaelsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Bertil Olson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Spirito

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Walter Swiniuchowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3328 'Miss Fortune', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Virgil Ulven

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'. Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base. Crew Number 5.

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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

  • 42-3310 'Blood, Guts and Rust'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/43; Dow Fd 11/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 14/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: John Wenzel, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Scott Barrows, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-3328 'Miss Fortune'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/5/43; Tinker 22/7/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-D] Framlingham 15/7/43; Missing in Action (15m) Munster 10/10/43 with Wade Sneed, Co-pilot: Darwin Michaelson, Navigator: Melvin Breckenridge, Bombardier: Lew Gardner, Flight engineer...

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 Norfolk, VA 28 August 1918
Lived in Augusta, GA 1941

958 Heard Avenue

Enlisted Atlanta, GA 2 October 1941

Fort McPherson

Shot Down/Bailed Out Med. Sea, 13 miles off the coast of Annaba (Bone), Algeria 17 August 1943

Blood, Guts, & Rust (23310-F, 568): after having sustained heavy damage from flak fire, the crew of the "Blood, Guts, & Rust" was eventually forced to ditch in the Med. All were rescued

Killed In Action Vorsundern, Germany 10 October 1943

A/C hit by a rocket which severed the tail and caused a collision with another 390th BG B-17

Buried Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey 1950

Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA Add to Map
Plot
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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 19:52:40 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 19:51:44 466thHistorian Changes to events
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B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 03:20:02 466thHistorian Changes to service number
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https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2590/images/40479_64693...

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2020 03:18:38 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=9277&h=252844&t...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2530376/wade-hampton-sneed
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/004756589_0...
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2590/images/40479_64693...

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 21:03:21 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 21:02:16 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-3328 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 18:15:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 396 / MACR 396; MACR 861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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