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Darwin Frederick Michaelsen


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



  • Wade Sneed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 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).

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...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30411 Rose Marie, Hot Rocks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/43; Kearney 9/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 3/8/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-J] 6/8/43 ROSE MARIE; (19m) Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with John Lashly, Co-pilot: Dick Steel, Navigator: Herb Snelgrove,...

  • 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...


  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

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 Clinton, Iowa, USA 28 June 1921
Enlisted Des Moines, IA 15 January 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Vorsundern, Germany 10 October 1943
Buried Clinton, IA 1949

Clinton Lawn Cemetery
Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, USA


Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 02:50:57 466thHistorian Changes to surname, middlename, service number, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 20:55:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:56 AAM AAM ingest

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