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42-30216

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [--S] Knettishall 18/6/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Ralph Swanson, Co-pilot: Harry Erickson, Navigator: Chas Bergheimer, Bombardier: Norvell Nystrom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Kinder, Radio Operator: Fred Ward, Ball turret gunner: Bob Shaw, Waist gunner: Dick Lambrecht, Waist gunner: Chas McMenamin,Tail gunner: Bill Deane (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Banteln, near Elze, S of Hanover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3128. JOHNNIE.

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

  • Charles Bergheimer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Deane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Erickson

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

  • Phillip Kinder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Lambrecht

    Military | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Mcmenamin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Norvell Nystrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Shaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Swanson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Ward

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230216. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 28 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3128 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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