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42-30595

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open cockpit. Salvaged 24/6/46. GREMLIN GUS II.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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

  • Edgar Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B17#42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scrapping a hill top. Cunningham was injured.

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B17#42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scrapping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

  • Ralph Jarrendt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B17#42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scrapping a hill top.

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B17#42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scrapping a hill top. Jones fell out of the escape hatch suffering slight injuries.

  • Demetrios Karnezis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Sarbonne on 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-3293 'Slightly Dangerous. 'Evaded (EVD)

  • Robert Olin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Tierney

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 89

    2 September 1943
    This mission was composed of five elements. The first element was combined force 55 B-17s despatched from: 92BG; 305BG, and 306BG to bomb German airfields in NW France. The mission is recalled due to weather and the bombers return without dropping...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

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Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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 Francis E Warren Air Force Base Heliport, Cheyenne Rd, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY 82005, USA 26 June 1943

Delivered to USAAF, Cheyenne Field 26/6/43.

Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 20 July 1943 – July 1944

Assigned 560thBS, 388th BG, 8AF Knettishall 20/7/43. 34 Missions.

First 388th BG Combat Mission Lille, France 15 August 1943
Final 388th BG Combat Mission Normandy, France 6 June 1944

Completed 40 combat missions plus 14 aborts

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

Transferred to Aphrodite project as 'OLIN'S 69'ERS'; when War Weary. Fitted out as drone, unused operationally.

Salvaged Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK 24 June 1946

Salvaged 24/6/46.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 20:56:02 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30595&dat...

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2016 12:19:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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