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42-30793

B-17 Flying Fortress

Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co-operation through showing links between the two nations though seen as insensitive by many in Thetford where Paine was seen as a traitor against Britain.

Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; Provided navigational assistance for Aphrodite [remote controlled, explosive packed, flying bomber] mission to V1 missile site at Wisternes, France, 4-8-44.
Crashed Ellough, Norfolk, on return from a mission with Bob McWhite; Salvaged 11/4/44. TOM PAINE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wayne Barnett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Benson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Bibbens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick Ciambelli

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • John Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Humphries

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Command Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    24 AUG 1943 after takeoff from N. Africa, shuttlerun to Regensburg, A/C B-17 #42-30230 'Homesick Angel' ran out of gas and crashed in cornfield in Suffolk.

  • John Hurdle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264. Awards: AM (4 OLC), PH.

  • William Lazar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis LeFevre

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot up by flak over the target and exploded and crashed near Uitgeest, Holland on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31115 'Hell's Bells'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Edward Leonard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

Places

  • Beccles

    Military site : airfield
    Beccles was built for the Eighth Air Force in 1943-44 but not used. RAF and Fleet Air Arm units occupied the base from 1944-45, providing Air Sea Rescue support. It closed 1945 and re-opened as Beccles Heliport 1965. The private Beccles Airfield has...

  • 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
Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK September 1943

Replacement sent to 562nd Bomb Squadron.

34 Combat missions Europe 26 September 1943 – 24 December 1944

34 missions (29 credited between 26 sept 43 and 24 dec 44).

Crashed Ellough, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 11 April 1944

Crashed Ellough, Norfolk, on return from a mission. Pilot Lt Bob McWhite.

Salvaged / Repaired Ellough, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 12 April 1944
Aphrodite mission Wizernes, France 4 August 1944

Provided navigational assistance for Aphrodite [remote controlled, explosive packed, flying bomber] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France, 4-8-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 13:40:02 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 18:09:27 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 17:47:07 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 10:29:53 jrugman Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Page 88, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3983 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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