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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 23/11/44; Grenier 22/12/44; Assigned 306BG Thurleigh 24/12/44; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/12/44.

While on navigation exercise with Harry Cole crash landed two miles NW Kettlewell, Gt Whernside, Yorks, UK 17/5/45; Salvaged 19/5/45. JUST JOYCE.

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  • 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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • Dario Battista

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Cole

    Military | First Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group

  • Hoyt Dixon

    Military | Sergeant | 388th Bomb Group

  • Vance Ferguson

    Military | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Young

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 17 May 1945. See more at :


  • 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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


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Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 12:00:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations and person associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest

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