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42-30189

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [--U] Knettishall 23/6/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43 with Jim Gunn, Co-pilot: John Brown, Navigator: Harry Van Anda, Bombardier: Eloy Baca, Ball turret gunner: Dwight Babcock, Waist gunner: Frank Guardino, Waist gunner: Jerome Reese,Tail gunner: Evert Breeden (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Fuller{wia died in hospital 27/8/43}, Radio Operator: Earl Switzer {drowned} (2 Killed in Action); flak hit on return, crashed Kleinheide, N of Emden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3067. LA CHIQUITA.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Anda

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Dwight Babcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #42-30189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eloy Baca

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #42-30189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Evert Breeden

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Fuller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 27 August 1943 (ABMC) or 26 July 1943 (MACR). Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Guardino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jim Gunn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jerome Neese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Switzer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #4230189 'La Chiquita' 26 July 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 26 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3067 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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