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42-30340

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Field 25/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Alan Amman, Co-pilot: Don Wollard, Navigator: Bill Pierson, Navigator: Ralph Diederich, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Carter, Radio Operator: Joe McGonagle, Ball turret gunner: Boyd Iverson, Waist gunner: Harlie Sands,Tail gunner: Frank Metzler (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Harry Quick (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Neu-Ummendorf, near Eisleben, 19 miles W of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3079. SCREAMIN' RED ASS.

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

  • Allan Amann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm shells from ME109s on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30340 'Screamin' Red Ass' crashed W of Magdeburg, GR. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Wilson Blattert

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

  • William Bowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Phillip Brejansky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Carmell

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Edwin Carmell served as a co-pilot with the 563rd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts rising to the rank of Colonel.

  • Robert Carter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm shells from ME109s on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30340 'Screamin' Red Ass' crashed W of Magdeburg, GR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Milton Casebere

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Clifford Conklin

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

  • Eugene Cordes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Cotter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    29 missions 1943 - 1944. Most memorable mission: 6 March 1944 -- 1st successful daylight raid on Berlin. I flew off left wing of Group. Leads Captain Brown and Major George flew off his right wing until Brown was shot down by fighter after bombs away...

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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 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 01:57:27 Troy Burnett Changes to person associations
Sources

Fold3_Page_2_Black_and_White_and_Color_Photographs_of_US_Air_Force_and_Predecessor_Agencies_Activities_Facilities_and_Personnel_World_War_II

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 19:18:03 CPrimmer Changes to nicknames and place associations
Sources

Updated 11/10/2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3079 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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