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42-30238

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Casper 12/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 24/6/43 CLASSY CHASSY; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Frank Kelly, Co-pilot: Ken Alexander, Navigator: Carl Alexander, Bombardier: David Adams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Randall Ryals, Radio Operator: Harry Schwerdt, Ball turret gunner: Carlton Jones, Waist gunner: Joe Marchwinski, Waist gunner: Joe Mascke,Tail gunner: Alex Milligan (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Dorla, near Lichtenau, 12 miles SW of Kassel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3133. WING AND A PRAYER.

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

  • David Adams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30238 'Classy Chassy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carlton Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Kelly

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Marchwinski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Mascke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alexander Milligan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Randall Ryals

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4230238 'Classy Chassy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3133 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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