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42-102696

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 2/5/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 8/5/44; used on Aphrodite training project; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 18/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/11/45. MIDGE.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Creagh

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-17G 42-102696, acting as wireless relay for Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-8-1944. Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17G 42-107085 'Little Chum' AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster PH

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Aphrodite mission Wizernes, France 4 August 1944

Acted as wireless relay for Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. Pilot 1st Lt Eugene M Creagh.

Returned Stateside Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 3 July 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley Field 3/7/45. Sold for scrap.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 15:08:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 15:07:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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