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42-30829

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 13/8/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 5/9/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Mike Moran, Co-pilot: Joe Karbin, Bombardier: Joe McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Perkins, Radio Operator: Joe Byce, Ball turret gunner: Tom Shaheen, Waist gunner: Jonnie Odom, Tail gunner: Floyd Watts (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Walter Conine, Waist gunner: Art Tweedel (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed near Lichtenhorst, nine miles NE of Nienberg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3081. THE PRINCESS PAT.

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Byce

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters prior to reaching the target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30829 'The Princess Pat' crashed N of Neustadt after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Conine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters prior to reaching the target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30829 'The Princess Pat' crashed N of Neustadt after the crew bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Cyphers

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

  • Clarence Gridley

    Military | First 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

  • Joseph Karbin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters prior to reaching the target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30829 'The Princess Pat' crashed N of Neustadt after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph McIntyre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Donald Mecum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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). ...

  • Michael Moran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters prior to reaching the target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30829 'The Princess Pat' crashed N of Neustadt after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Moreland

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Jonnie Odom

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters prior to reaching the target at Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30829 'The Princess Pat' crashed N of Neustadt after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 4 August 1943
Manufactured Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 5 September 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Mission Reims, France 26 September 1943
Shot Down/Crashed Lichtenhorst, 31634 Steimbke, Germany 8 March 1944

Shot down by e/a
Mike Moran Crew

40 combat missions. All but 2 with 562nd BS crews

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 21:04:47 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 04:30:43 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30829&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 150

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3081 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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