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42-30213

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin Marcus, Navigator: Bob Gudgel, Bombardier: John Pond, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ira Mooney, Radio Operator: Erwin Rehder Wounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Tony Giangreco, Waist gunner: Bill Thompson, Waist gunner: Bob Pardue,Tail gunner: Chas Hash (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed East Wretham, Nfk; UK. Salvaged. LI'L ONE.

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Vernon Duncan

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

  • Robert Fanning

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    There is some mystery here as to why Fanning was flying a mission on 6 March 1944 when his tour apparently ended in December 1943. The 388th BG website lists a "R.W. Fanning" as the navigator for the Gridley Crew on 6 March 1944, however the WW2 POW...

  • Antonio Giangreco

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD 13 Nov 1943. B17 #42-30213 'Lil One'. After developing severe vibrations from a runaway prop that would not feather after take-off, the crew was ordered to bail out. AC crashed near Ipswich.

  • Robert Gudgel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Nov 13 1943 on mission to Bremen in B17#42-30213 'Lil One', developed problems with no. 4 propeller and strong vibration. Ordered to bail out, ac crashed at Norfolk. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #423555 'Tiger Girl. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Hash

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD 13 Nov 1943. B17 #42-30213 'Lil One'. After developing severe vibrations from a runaway prop that would not feather after take-off, the crew was ordered to bail out. AC crashed near Ipswich.

  • Lloyd Humphries

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Command Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, ac B17#42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

  • Alvin Marcus

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD 13 Nov 1943. B17 #42-30213 'Lil One'. After develeoping severe vibrations from a runaway prop that would not feather after take-off, the crew was ordered to bail out. AC crashed near Ipswich.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • 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);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 29 April 1943
Assigned 1 June 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Mission Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 July 1943
Crashed Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 13 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 20:51:04 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30213&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 137

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

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

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