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42-31115

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Jim Feeneynot found till 25/2/44, Radio Operator: Norman Kajut, Waist gunner: Marion Forbis,Tail gunner: Lou LeFevre (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Sam Gundy, Navigator: Sam Simon, Bombardier: John Drickson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Ball, Ball turret gunner: Walt Lennons, Waist gunner: Joe Smith, foto-Oscar Land (7 Prisoner of War); flak, on return crashed Hoogendijk, near Uitgeest, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2348. HELL'S BELLS.

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...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Ball

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    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'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Dickerson

    Military | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Willis Eddy

    Military | Captain | Navigator/Squadron Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Feeney

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    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).

  • Louis Fevre

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

  • Marion Forbis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    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).

  • Samuel Gundy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    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'. Lead Plane on target Brunswick. This was the crew's 18th mission . Prisoner of War ...

  • Roy Island

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Norman Kajut

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    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). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Oscar Land

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group
    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'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

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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 21 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 25 October 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Bremen, Germany 26 November 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Hoogendijk, Netherlands 10 February 1944

Damaged by flak. Crashed

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 02:39:04 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31115&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 155

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1769 / MACR 2348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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