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44-8549

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/44; Hunter 5/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 16/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. JUST JOYCE.

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

  • 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

  • Chester Cox

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

  • Frank Dykty

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

  • Conly Eagle

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 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

  • James Rogers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    James Rogers served as a navigator with the 562nd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England.

  • Calvin Samson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

Missions

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 834

    17 February 1945

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 845

    24 February 1945

  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

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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 12 October 1944
Manufactured 16 December 1944

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Chemnitz, Germany 6 February 1945
Final 388th BG Combat Mission Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945

25 combat missions
5 "Chowhound" relief missions
Orin Merrill Crew flew her on 11 of her 25 combat missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 01:59:01 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=44-8549&data...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 294

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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