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42-102946

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/5/44; Missing in Action Krzesinki 29/5/44 with Ray Callahan, Co-pilot: Gene Kivett, Navigator: Jim Russell, Bombardier: John Gerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Weitkamp, Radio Operator: Doug Clark, Ball turret gunner: Grant Taylor, Waist gunner: Keith Hart, Waist gunner: Chas Knox,Tail gunner: George Klepp (10 Prisoner of War); flak and enemy aircraft KOd #3 and #4, crashed thre miles W of Eilenburg, nine miles NE of Liepzig, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5315.

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

  • Raymond Callahan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Douglas Clark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nicholas Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Gerson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Keith Hart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Kivett

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Klepp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Knox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bruce Muirhead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42102946. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

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 21 April 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 23 May 1944

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Magdeburg, Germany 28 May 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) 73488 Ellenberg, Germany 29 May 1944

Shot down by flak and German Fighters
Ray Callahan Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 19:19:58 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-102946&da...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5315 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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