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42-97542

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Rochester 11/1/44; Langley 13/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 25/1/44; transferred 413BS/96BG [MZ-B] Snetterton 26/1/44; 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/1/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 5/3/45 with Ralph Kittle, John Watkins, Irwin Boxer, Lloyd Sanford, Salvaged Genco, Ray Kudla, Bob Jones (7 Prisoner of War); Bob Warren (Killed in Action); John Rutt (evaded capture); flak, crashed Kraslice, Czecho. Missing Air Crew Report 12926. CITY OF SAVANNAH.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Irwin Boxer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Salvatore Genco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 due to mechanical failure in B-17 #4297542 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Corporal | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 due to mechanical failure in B-17 #4297542 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Ralph Kittle

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 March 1945 in B-17 #4297542. Lost 2 engines, jettisoned bombs, lost 3rd engine headed for Russian Territory. Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW/ DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Raymond Kudla

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 due to mechanical failure in B-17 #4297542 'City of Savannah'

  • William Meade

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Survived a crash on 24 Feb 1945 in B-17 42-97873.

  • Jon Rutt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Lost 3 engines and crashed while heading toward Russian territory on 3/5/45 crashed near Kraslice in B-17 #4297542 'City of Savannah'

  • Lloyd Sanford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 due to mechanical failure in B-17 #4297542 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Robert Warren

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Only crew member killed when crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 42-97542 'City of Savannah'

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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