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42-107085

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Gene Creagh (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Capt Lucian Taylor, Navigator: Don Nicholson, Bombardier: Mitch Boumkana, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Deitzler, Radio Operator: Stan YaskiewiczWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Bob Scanlon, foto-John O’Flarity, Waist gunner: George Wilkinson,Tail gunner: Paul Breitenstine (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed St Andreasberg, SE of Goslar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8908. LITTLE CHUM.

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

  • Mitchell Boumkana

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 PoW

  • Paul Breitenstine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 POW

  • Eugene Creagh

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-17G 42-102696, acting as wireless relay for Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-8-1944. Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17G 42-107085 'Little Chum' AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster PH

  • Carl Deitzler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Duncan

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

  • Don Nicholson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew combat missions from June to Septmeber 12 ,1944. Completed 22. 5 missions. Crashed near Helmstedt in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • John O'Flarity

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 'Little Chum' #42-107085, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Scanlon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 POW Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Lucian Taylor

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42-107085. POW at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12 . POW

  • George Wilkinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Helmstedt on 9/12/44 in B-17 Little Chum #42107085 POW

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 19:34:44 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

388th BG Association Records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8908 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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