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42-30778

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier: Harry Fisher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Midget, Radio Operator: Cpl Joe Camarda, Ball turret gunner: Cpl Rich Bing, Waist gunner: Cpl Emerson Coleman,Tail gunner: Fred Bernjus; 9RTD; on runway left tyre blew out causing aircraft to swerve and ground loop, but damage too severe for repair; Salvaged. LADY MARGARET.

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

  • Milton Casebere

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Claggett

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

  • Frederick Dearing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #448207

  • Edward DeGrandpre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Worked as an Air Traffic Controller after the war

  • Milton Ehrenreich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward English

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Godwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William McVey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Morton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 127

    11 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two element. The first element is a combined force of 167 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division including: 94BG (21); 95BG (20); 96BG (42-double force); 100BG (20); 385BG (23) and 390BG (21) dispatched to bomb the railroad marshaling...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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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 28 July 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 3 September 1943

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Reims, France 26 September 1943
Crashed Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 13 August 1944

Ground Loop on Takeoff - Salvaged
80+ combat missions flown

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 04:49:18 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30778&dat...

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 04:36:28 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30778&dat...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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