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42-97184

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD, via hospital); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Claud Thornton, Radio Operator: Rob Ketcham, Ball turret gunner: Leo Reinartz,Tail gunner: Ivar Anderson (4 Killed in Action); crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26/8/44; pilot rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and son, Jim jnr; Salvaged 30/10/44. LADY GODIVA.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • 1st Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Ivar Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH, EAME (2 Battle stars), American Campaign, Good conduct.

  • Eugene Crossin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Mission to Brux, Czech 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva', attacked by Me410 'Black 13' of of II./ZG26 piloted by Lt Paul Kaschuba. T/Sgt Crossin got hits on the target from his top turret as 'Black 13' banked...

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Manuel Head

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 39 x missions. Also flew 2 x 'Chowhound' missions to Holland, as well as flying military VIP's from Paris to England for Gen Eisenhower. ...

  • Robert Ketcham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Victor La Bruno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Delmar Lindner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leo Reinartz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Howard Rohman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: AM, PH (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Scales

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Injured in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44, rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and his son, Jim Jr Returned to Duty (RTD). ...

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Missions

  • 353

    12 May 1944

Places

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 4 February 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 4-Feb-44.

Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 11 March 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK 12 June 1944

Crashed at 1 Strategic Air Depot 12-Jun-44. Pilot 1Lt Manuel A Head. Damage unknown.

Crashed Ermington, Ivybridge PL21, UK 26 August 1944

Crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26/8/44; pilot rescued by two farm workers, Jim Lapthorne and son, Jim jnr. 5 x RTD, 4 x KIA.

Salvaged Ermington, Ivybridge PL21, UK 30 October 1944

Salvaged 30-Oct-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2018 19:33:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97184-lady-godiva/
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205367902

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2018 18:00:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97184-lady-godiva/
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205367902

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 19:38:19 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

388th BG Association Records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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