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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/7/43; Gr Isle 9/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [-O] Knettishall 3/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 29/2/44 with 452BG crew, p-Jake Colvin, Co-pilot: Dick West, Ball turret gunner: Andy Saari, Waist gunner: John Clayton (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Allen Johnson, Bombardier: M.E. Glass, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Rottler, Radio Operator: Allen Rose, Waist gunner: Bill MackWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Grady Justice (6 Prisoner of War); flak hit in cockpit, crashed near Luther factory at Bienrode, four miles N of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2893. COCK O' THE WALK.



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • Phillip Brejansky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Clayton

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Jake Colvin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Clifford Conklin

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

  • John Dewey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Accident while landing 9 November 1943, in B17#42-39806. Took off from Knettishall for a ferry flight to Honington. 3 man crew returned and ac was salvaged

  • Rodney Due

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    KNO at Knettishall on approach in B17#42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey'

  • Lawrence Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions--first day raid on Berlin--crew name 'Worry Wart'--on 25th mission, returned to base, last plane to land, chased to channel by Fw 190--shooting continously until we escaped. As RO was able to obtain position report from rescue not...

  • Clarence Gridley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed W of Meppen, GR on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31194 'Duchess of Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW; Air Medal & Purple Heart

  • Allen Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group

  • M Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 30 July 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 3 September 1943

388 BG
563 BS

Shot Down/Crashed Bienrode, 38110 Braunschweig, Germany 29 February 1944

Jake Colvin Crew


Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 04:20:37 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 04:18:39 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and events

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2893 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database