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42-30362

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Kearney 5/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 7/7/43; Missing in Action Beaumont Sur Oise 9/9/43 with Adalbert Porter, Harry Thompson, Vernon Adams, John Moffitt, John Ash, Ralph Mallicote, Alphonse Fulchino {photo} (7 Prisoner of War); Henry Rowland, Clem Mezzanotte, Rosswell Miller, Ivan Schrader (4 evaded capture) flak, crashed Houilles, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3134. WEE BONNIE II.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vernon Adams

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Ash

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ivan Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 42-31084. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Dorsett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Alphonse Fulchino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW Prisoner of War (POW)

  • David Holliman

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Flew his first 3 missions (plus 3 aborts) as a waist gunner. Flew the remainder of his tour as Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

  • Ralph Mallicote

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Clement Mezzanotte

    Military | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Evaded. Evaded (EVD)

  • Rosswell Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Evaded.

  • John Moffit

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 9 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3134 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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