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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Dow Fd 19/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 10/6/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Alf Kramer, Co-pilot: Arthur Swap, Bombardier: Bob Burnett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Merle Martin, Radio Operator: Allen Priebe, Waist gunner: Bill Vickless, Waist gunner: Walt Soukup (7 evaded capture); Ball turret gunner: Joe Thomas,Tail gunner: Bill Chapman (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Dick Bowman (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Longsols, 12 miles NE of Troyes, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3129. LONE WOLF.



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Richard Bowman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230222 'Lone Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 27 missions DFC, AM, Unit Citation

  • Robert Burnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230222 'Lone Wolf. ' Evaded.

  • William Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230222 'Lone Wolf. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Henry Held

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Alfred Kramer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230222 'Lone Wolf. ' Evaded.

  • Wilford Mack

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Master Sergeant

  • Merl Martin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Merl Martin was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-30222 on the 6 September 1943 mission to Stuttgart. A/C shot down by fighters, crashed between Longsols and Bouy-Luxembourg, NE of Troyes, France. Evaded (EVD)

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 September 1943


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 12:08:05 ED-BB Changes to description

Completed Merle Martin's first name

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3129 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database