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42-30202

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Dow Fd 18/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall. Missing in Action Kassel 3 July 1943. Pilot : Earl E. Pickard, Navigator Robert J. Hoke, Bombardier Wallace N. Soderberg, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Orville W. Lewis, Radio Operator Walter E. Togel, Ball Turret Gunner Sam H. Tucker Jr, Left Waist Gunner Ralph T. May, Right Waist Gunner Harlan C. Oakberg, Tail Gunner Donald M. Boyd (9 Prisoners of War); Co-Pilot Billy J. Hooker (evaded capture). Hit by Flak, then shot down by Hans Walter Sunder of 8/JG26. Crashed near Berlaar, SE of Lier, Antwerp Province, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report-MACR 3125.

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

  • Donald Boyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Initially evaded with the help of Belgian citizens and members of the Résistance. Sheltered in many places, notably in Antwerp and Brussels, he was caught in a trap and arrested by the Gestapo on 4 September...

  • Robert Hoke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230202. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billy Hooker

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230202. Evaded.

  • Orville Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph May

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harlan Oakberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230202. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Earl Pickard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Earl Pickard was a Pilot in the 388th Bomb Group/563rd Bomb Squadron. Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Prisoner of War (POW). He remained in the Air Force and was posted to different bases, including in Japan in the 1950s. Ended his career...

  • Wallace Soderberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230202. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Togel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sam Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30202. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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
Crashed 30 July 1943

near Berlaar, SE of Lier, Antwerp Province, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 13:55:01 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Corrected positions of two gunners and one typo in Bio

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 10:22:17 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3125

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3125 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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