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42-97112

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dorval 12/2/44; Assigned RAF [HB-775]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 18/3/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/1/45 with John Edelman, Herb Drumheller, Jim Edens, Bradley Jewett, Nick Peters, Clarry Gieck (6 Returned to Duty); Dan McBride, John Ambuhl, Tom Dewey (3 Prisoner of War); flak, force landed Zweibrucken, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11562; Salvaged 21/1/45. LITTLE JOE JR. (SOC 21/6/47).

Service

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Ambuhl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #42-97112, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Dewey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe, Jr' #4297112

  • Herbert Drumheller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr.' #42-97112.

  • John Edelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B -17 'Little Joe, Jr' #42-97112, Returned (RTD).

  • James Edens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #4297112

  • Clarence Gieck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) RTD Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #42-97112.

  • Bradley Jewett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #42-97112, RTD.

  • Daniel McBride

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ogergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #4297112

  • Nicholas Peters

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #4297112

Places

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Dorval, QC, Canada 12 February 1944

Delivered to the RAF as HB775

Transferred to the USAAF Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 18 March 1944

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Böhlen, Germany 7 July 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) 66482 Zweibrücken, Germany 5 January 1945

Flak Damaged/Force landed

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 03:49:41 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-97112&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 194

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11562 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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