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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington 14/8/44; Alconbury 3/45. Given by Ike to French Gen. Pierre Koenig 17/12/45; re-named BIR-HACKEIM and had tail shot up during Cold War en route to Berlin; 1953 sold to IGN as F-GBSG at Creil until 1960s. Written off 1973.



  • 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

    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


  • Charles Bliss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Albert Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Vernon Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Willis Eddy

    Military | Captain | Navigator/Squadron Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Warren Fleener

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Howard Gaines

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rolla Garretson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Houston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    served with the 482nd Pathfinder Gp. Flew lead plane on 388th missions

  • John Kirby

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Herman Mays

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) ...

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  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 20:13:57 jmchristel Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log