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42-102435

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB784]; transferred USAAF 31/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 1/7/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jim Crider, Co-pilot: Fred Gordon, (no nav), Bombardier: Bill Stewart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Young, Radio Operator: Ed Levy, Ball turret gunner: Albt South, Waist gunner: John Kreitzman,Tail gunner: Gene Johnson (8INT); flak, crashed Legau, S of Memmingen, Ger, close to Swiss border. Missing Air Crew Report 7746.

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

  • James Crider

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Fred Gordon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Eugene Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • John Kreitzman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Edward Levy

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Albert South

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • William Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Charles Young

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435.

Missions

  • 450

    2 July 1944

  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 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

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 501

    28 July 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 Cheyenne, WY, USA 3 March 1944
Assigned Dorval, QC, Canada 10 March 1944

Assigned to RAF with Serial #HB784

Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 1 July 1944

USAAF
388 BG
562 BS

Failed to Return (FTR) 87764 Legau, Germany 31 July 1944

Hit on a raid to Munich, turned south to try and make Switzerland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 02:52:13 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-102435&da...

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 15:57:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 22:56:01 388th Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

388th database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7746 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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