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42-107202

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 8/4/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 24/8/44 with Chas Edwards, Radio Operator: Winfred Manship, Ball turret gunner: Don Drago, Waist gunner: David Dowis, Tail gunner: Virgil Barnes (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: David Harman, Navigator: Bob Gray, Bombardier: Don Maxon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Watson (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #4, then wing fell off, crashed near Brux, Czech; Missing Air Crew Report 8287. BELLE OF THE BRAWL.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Virgil Barnes

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Prague in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202

  • David Dowis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 24 August 1944 Crashed near Prague in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 PH

  • Donald Drago

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Prague in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202

  • Charles Edwards

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 24 August 1944 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 Crashed near Prague PH

  • Robert Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Prague on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 POW

  • David Harman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Prague on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 POW

  • Winfred Manship

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 24 August 1944 Crashed near Prague in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 AM/ PH

  • Donald Maxon

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Prague on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 POW

  • James Watson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Prague on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Brawl' #42-107202 POW

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 24 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 04:34:33 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 00:11:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2020 23:32:43 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8287 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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