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42-97760

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

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

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • Joseph Brabham

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Cornelius Kelleher

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF.

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Sylvio Messitti

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Moore

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 2 tours with the 388th BG. total of 45 missions. Air Medal w 6/Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 552

    14 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 642

    19 September 1944

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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 Denver, CO, USA 16 February 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 31 May 1944

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Munich, Germany 15 July 1944
Final 388th BG Combat Mission Gera, Germany 6 April 1945

Completed 50 combat missions + 2 aborts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2017 01:42:35 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-97760&dat...

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2017 01:28:45 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-97760&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman, page 207

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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