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42-30214

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall [ -M] 26/6/43; Missing in Action Gdynia 9/10/43 with Henry Nagorka, John Leverone, Mike Mahoney, Francis Antalek, Bill Caruso, John Dugan (6 Prisoner of War); Gil Parker, Ed Keisler, Bob Blankenburg, Wilbur Quinn (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Nth Sea; Missing Air Crew Report 3141. IZA ANGEL II. (? To Watton 1/3/44; Returned to the USA Patterson 27/6/44; Salvaged Patterson 24/2/45. Named just IZA ANGEL.?)

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...

  • 802nd Reconnaissance Group (SP)
  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Antalek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Blankenburg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Caruso

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Dugan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner, Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot up by fighters and crashed into North Sea in B-17 Iza Angel II #4230214 on 9 October 1943 POW/Air Medal

  • Edward Keisler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Leverone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Mahoney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Nagorka

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gilbert Parker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Wilbur Quinn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' 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 9 October 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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