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42-30224

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 12/5/43; Patterson 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [--G] Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Hanvover 26/7/43 with Earl Horn, Bombardier: Bob Bailey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Baker, Radio Operator: Everett Hobbs, Ball turret gunner: Francis Whittaker, Waist gunner: Sam DeGeorgio, Waist gunner: Horace Hoffman (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Don Wetherbee, Navigator: Irving Cohen, Oliver Deckard (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Deckbergen, 30 SW of Hannover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3130.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Baker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irving Cohen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Oliver Deckerd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Sam Georgio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Everett Hobb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Horace Hoffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Horn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Wetherbee

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

  • Francis Whittaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230224. 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 26 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3130 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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