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42-102953

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 13/5/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [P] Knettishall 16/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bernard Lord, Co-pilot: Don Trachsel, Navigator: Irving Podolska, Bombardier: Walter Norwicki, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Bradley, Radio Operator: Garland Vaughn,Tail gunner: Chas Valente (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Bland Carter, Waist gunner: Wesley Road (2 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 43-38404 (388 BG), crashed just outside Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9380. SHY ANN.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Bradley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 28 September 1944 Crashed near Merseburg AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Bland Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Shy Ann' 42-102953. ...

  • Nicholas Duncan

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

  • Bernard Lord

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 28 September 1944 Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'Shy Ann' 42-102953. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Walter Nowicki

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 'Shy Ann' 42-102953. Plane was in a mid-air collision with another 388th plane in the scramble to regroup after dropping their bombs.

  • Irving Podolsky

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Irving Podolsky served as a navigator with the 388th Bomb Group. ...

  • Wesley Rood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Merseburg on 9/28/44 in B-17 :'Shy Ann' 42-102953

  • Donald Trachsel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 :Shy Ann' 42-102953

  • Charles Valente

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Shy Ann' 42-102953.

  • Garland Vaughan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 :Shy Ann' 42-102953.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 19:34:07 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

388th BG Association Records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9380 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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