On the 7th of November 1943, "Anoxia Queen" A/c 39819 was one of two replacement B-17G's arriving at Station 153, Framlingham, Suffolk. Aircraft 39819 was assigned to the 390Th bomb group (Heavy) (Square "J"), 568Th bomb squadron (Code BI). The "Anoxia Queen" was given the call letter "F" and her first mission was flown on November 11, 1943.
On Thursday 13th April 1944 the 390th dispatched 40 aircraft to attack the Messerschmitt fighter assembly factory at
I have done alot of research on the nose art of the "Anoxia Queen". I have contacted the research department at the 390Th Bomb Group Museum in Tucson, Arizona, the Parham Airfield Museum in England, and veterans who either flew A/c 239819, or were on base the time the "Anoxia Queen" was stationed there. I have came to the conclusion that the "Anoxia Queen" had no significant nose art. I haven't even came across a picture of this aircraft, although I keep on searching.
A German archivist that I have been in contact with, told me that the German heavy AA battery from the 2/252 claimed a B-17 near Ostende at 17.19 hr. The 2/252 stands for the 2nd battery of the 252nd flak regiment, or flak unit. This unit was a mixed unit. The first (3) batteries were 88mm (6 guns per battery) The 4th and 5th batteries were light flak (20mm). This may have been the battery that hit the "Anoxia Queen", and brought her down. I have a copy of the KU 1527 report from NARA. This blog also covers all of Sgt. Daniel J. Miller's 13 missions in the later pages.
390Th Bomb Group (H) (Part 3)
The Sub Units consisted of the 1143rd Military Police Company, 272nd Medical Dispensary, 30th Station Complement Squadron , 458th Sub Depot , 878th Chemical Company , 1689th Ordnance S&M Company , 1091st Quartermaster Company , 216th Finance Section , 18th Weather Squadron , 563rd Postal Squadron , and the 2034th Fire Fighting Platoon.
Awards; (Distinguished Unit Citations) Regensburg: August 17, 1943 and Schweinfurt: October 14, 1943.
The 390th claim to fame: Highest claims of enemy aircraft destroyed by a bomb group on one mission in October 10, 1943. One man, Hewitt Dunn, of the 390th BG, was the only man to fly 100 missions.
If you look on the 390Th Bomb Group patch, like the picture off to the right side of this page, you will see a the (3) B-17's. Under the B-17's is a banner with "Sur Le Nez", which is a French phase and the motto of the 390Th Bombardment Group (H). It means "On the Nose".
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