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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/5/44; Hunter 1/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned APH/388BG as Azon controlling mothership, Knettishall 6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45.



  • 42-3461

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/7/43; Dow Fd 29/7/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-S] Alconbury 23/8/43; transferred with Azon/Aphrodite duties, Knettishall 17/6/44; with Lt Frank L Houston & T/Sgt Willard D Smith of 452BG l/Wizernes 4/8/44.

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  • 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

    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...


  • James Gabler

    Military | Major | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot of Aphrodite 'Mother' ship B-24J 43-37793 on mission to Wizernes V1 missile site. 4-Aug-44. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 515

    4 August 1944


  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Aphrodite mission Wizernes, France 4 August 1944

Command 'Mother Ship' for Aphrodite mission to Wizernes V1 missile site. Pilot James J Gabler.

Returned Stateside Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 5 July 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley Field 5/7/45. Sold for Scrap.


Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 14:24:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log