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42-107061

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 9/2/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Laon 8/5/44 with Searl Pickett, Co-pilot: Bob Roan, Navigator: Bob Shields, Bombardier: Mervin Jacobs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Abar (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Harry Woods, Ball turret gunner: Warren McLaughlin, Waist gunner: Ed Hoffpauir, Waist gunner: John Hollish,Tail gunner: Bill Hege (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed on Bremen road 15 miles E of Hoya, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4581. PEG OF MY HEART.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bartuska

    Military | Major | Bombardier/Lead Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • William Hege

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Edward Hoffpauir

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hollish

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Mervin Jacobs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren McLaughlin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Searl Pickett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Roan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Shields

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42107061 'Peg Of My Heart. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 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...

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 342A

    7 May 1944

  • 344

    8 May 1944

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 Tulsa, OK, USA 9 February 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 13 March 1944

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Mission Berlin, Germany 18 April 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) near Bruchhausen-Vilsen, Germany 8 May 1944

Shot down by German Fighters

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 02:17:55 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-107061&da...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4581 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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