B-17G Flying Fortress T-Shirt
Black Star’s B-17G Flying Fortress design is a tribute to the 655 airmen who were killed and a further 730 who were taken prisoner whilst on missions with the 390th Bomb Group, 8th US Army Air Force operating from RAF Framlingham between July 1943 and April 1945.
On Friday 6th April 1945 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress ‘The Great McGinty’ took part in Mission 930 - a raid to Leipzig. The objective was to destroy the railway marshalling yards and disrupt the transport of ammunition, weapons and food to southern Germany.
The Daily Record of Aircraft Time notes that time of take-off was 06:14 and time of landing 14:19 - a total flight time of 8:05.
Crew 31 & Hewitt Dunn
Flying the B-17 that day was ‘Crew 31’ including Master Sergeant Hewitt ‘Buck’ Dunn (s/n 13065206) who was acting as 'Bombardier/Togglier’ (Bomb Aimer). It was Hewitt Dunn’s 100th combat mission and his third tour of duty virtually unheard of for a heavy bomber crew member.
Hewitt Dunn went on to complete 104 combat missions with the 390th Bomb Group – the highest number for any airman in the 8th Air Force. This was an astonishing record given that life expectancy in a heavy bomber was extremely short and few survived beyond one tour of 30 missions – let alone three.
569th / 390th
‘The Great McGinty’ was assigned to the 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 13th Combat Wing, 3rd Air Division, 8th US Army Air Force.
The 390th tail code was a large white J on a black square with a bright yellow rudder.
The squadron code of the 569th was CC and ‘The Great McGinty’ was designated aircraft code M and serial number #43-38663.
From December 1943 onwards B-17’s were delivered and operated in a ‘Natural Metal Finish’ (NMF) as opposed to the earlier drab olive green scheme.
Parham Airfield Museum
390th Bomb Group was the last of the "second wind" heavy bombardment groups that reinforced the 8th Air Force in the summer of 1943. They were based at Station 153 – also known as RAF Framlingham in rural Suffolk, UK and near to the village of Parham. Today the Parham Airfield Museum hosts the 390th Bomb Group Memorial Air Museum in the restored Watch Tower (Control Tower).
Black Star is grateful to the museum for help and assistance in researching the history of the 390th, Hewitt Dunn and 43-38663.
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- 100% Pre-shrunk combed organic cotton t-shirt
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