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42-30230

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; following Regensburg shuttle mission suffered battle damaged over Bordeaux on return trip to base 24/8/43, with Lloyd Humphries, Co-pilot: Henry Rodgers, Navigator: Jerome Flohr, Bombardier: Seldon Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Franklin, Radio Operator: Joe Hallam, Ball turret gunner: Ed Pawlicki, Waist gunner: Bill Sawyer, Waist gunner: Kelley Hill, Tail gunner: Jack Ford (10 Returned to Duty); no gas, crash landed a mile E of Stanton, near Hepworth, Sfk. Salvaged 31/8/43. HOMESICK 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

  • James Cruchon

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

  • Francis Curry

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He resided in Dawson County, Texas prior to the war. ...

  • Jerome Flohr

    Military | Captain | Navigator/Group Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on Duty

  • Jack Ford

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PUC

  • Edward Franklin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

  • Donald Gromis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

  • Joseph Hallam

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    4 Aug 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

  • Leander Haschke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

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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 30 April 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 June 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th Combat Mission Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 July 1943
Crashed Hepworth, Diss IP22 2PX, UK 31 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2020 22:18:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2017 04:57:49 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events and unit associations
Sources

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

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