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42-107017

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 1/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/3/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Bill Warren, Bombardier: Jerome Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Gene McClellan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oakley Anderson, Ball turret gunner: Russell Field, Waist gunner: Sterley Clayton, Waist gunner: Clarry Peatross,Tail gunner: Art Luckanish (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Chas Hildebrandt, Radio Operator: Harry Smith (2 evaded capture); flak, crashed Campneuseville, 15 miles NW of Poix-Picardie, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5262.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Oakley Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Sterly Clayton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Clellan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Russell Field

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jerome Fontaine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Charles Hildebrandt

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Littlejohn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 AC #42-97186 crashed on practice mission

  • Arthur Luckanish

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Peatross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 #4210717. Evaded.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 27 January 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 6 March 1944

388 BG
560 BS

Failed to Return (FTR) 76340 Campneuseville, France 25 May 1944

William Warren Crew
Shot down by flak

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 02:07:52 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=42-107017&da...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5262 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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