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42-102485

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 12/5/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Art Codding, Co-pilot: Roger Withers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Berg, Radio Operator: Clyde Waite, Ball turret gunner: Ken Joye, Waist gunner: Larry Brown,Tail gunner: Jim Mulder (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Don Chiles, Bombardier: Delmar McBeth, Waist gunner: Tom Roskowick (3 Killed in Action); flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, near Meertensdijk, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 5316. BARE ESSENTIAL.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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 Berg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Chiles

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102485 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. Took 20mm cannon shell to chest killed instantly. 28-May-44 Killed in Action ...

  • Arthur Codding

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102485 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. 28-May-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5316. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Joye

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Delmar McBeth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102485 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. Took 20mm cannon shell to face killed instantly. 28-May-44 Killed in Action(KIA...

  • James Mulder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Roskowick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102485 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. Took 20mm cannon shell to lower back, mortally wounded. Taken to luftwaffe...

  • Clyde Waite

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roger Withers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102485. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 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 8 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 8-Mar-44.

Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 12 May 1944

Assigned 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Groenekanseweg, Netherlands 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 5316

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 19:14:32 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-102485&da...

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 13:59:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102485&Submit6=Go

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5316 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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