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42-97192

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Grenier 10/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 12/3/44; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Art Thomas, Co-pilot: John Harper, Navigator: Joe Tilley, Bombardier: Lew Clemens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Manuel Silva, Radio Operator: Chas Karczewski, Waist gunner: Lew Stokosa, Waist gunner: Bill Telemeco,Tail gunner: Bob Brookman (9INT); Ball turret gunner: Joe Masgula (KIA-killed by Swedish AA); enemy aircraft, crash landed Gardsanga, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 3775. BOTTLED IN BOND.

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Brookman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • Lewis Clemens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • John Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Karczewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • Joseph Masgula

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 April 1944 PH

  • Manuel Silva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • Louis Stokosa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • William Telemeco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

  • Arthur Thomas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • John Tilley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297192 'Bottled in Bond. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. PH

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

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 Cheyenne, WY, USA 5 February 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 12 March 1944
Crash Landed 247 97 Gårdstånga, Sweden 11 April 1944

Damaged by German fighters, The Thomas Crew sought refuge in Sweden. All crew survived except the BTG who was killed by Swedish AA Fire.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 02:17:03 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-97192&dat...
http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se/USAAFe/USAAF041-440411-bottledinbo...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3775 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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