Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; [66m] crashed on take off for Bohlen oil depot 7/10/44 with Harry Resch, Co-pilot: Jim Fraser, Navigator: George Miner, Bombardier: Don Sjaardema, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Buckles, Radio Operator: Herb Jacobs, Ball turret gunner: Tony Checcia, Waist gunner: Archie Gollen;Tail gunner: Chester Mitchell (9 Returned to Duty); engine caught fire, bellied in at Walpole, Sfk, UK. Salvaged. (first in group to 75 missions and last known B-17F to be used on daylight mission); BLIND DATE.
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner/Togglier | 388th Bomb Group
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
Miller owned a jewelry company after the war.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
Pilot B-17 42-30793 (mission navigation support) on Aphrodite [remote controlled flying bomb] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-8-44.
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
May have transferred to the 490th BG
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
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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