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42-31135

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Gr Isle 8/10/43; Romulus 12/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 14/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Montgomery Givens, Co-pilot: Harry Teat, Navigator: Ken Betts, Bombardier: Larry McMillan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Kesanen, Radio Operator: Jim Geraghty, Ball turret gunner: Tom Foulds, Waist gunner: Jack Karr, Tail gunner: Dan Walstra (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Willard McGee (KIA-killed by enemy a/c, over Holland); enemy aircraft, crashed Oud Schoonebekerveld, alongside Dommerkanaal, near Emmen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 3082. SUSIE-SAG-TITZ. Suzy was shot down at 15:05 hours by Hauptmann Hugo Frey in his FW109, who himself was killed in the air to air battle, after shooting down 4 B-17s in the battle. Suzy was a loaner AC, Givens AC 'Quarterback', was being repaired from battle damage from March 4 Berlin Mission.

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

  • Kenneth Betts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Suzy Sagtitz'

  • Thomas Foulds

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Geraghty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator and Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Montgomery Givens

    Military | Major | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). Held in POW camp Stalag Luft 1, Barth Vogelsang...

  • Byron Howe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 Missions. 17 on Suzy Sagtitz, 4 on Quarterback, both B-17 F's. Purple Heart, DFC; Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster; WW II Campaign Medal +others

  • Jack Karr

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). Jack retired from USAF, with the rank of Senior...

  • Roy Kesanen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kropp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Robert John Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 Nov 1915. As a child, he worked as a newsboy. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert...

  • Willard McGee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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 25 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 14 October 1943

388th BG

Failed to Return (FTR) near Emmen, Netherlands 6 March 1944

shot down by FW 190's

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 21:47:20 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2017 18:54:50 ferrolad1968 Changes to description
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Jim Karr (son of m/Sgt Jack Karr TG)

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2017 18:52:38 ferrolad1968 Changes to description
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Jim Karr (son of S/Sgt Jack Karr TG)

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2017 20:10:19 ferrolad1968 Changes to description
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My father, Jack Karr, witnessed the death of Willard McGee. McGee was the only KIA, all others were POW. Givens was hidden by Dutch until captured 2 days later. My father, Jack, was wounded in inner thighs by attacking enemy a/c, and was the last to bail out after witnessing McGee's death.

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 03:00:19 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3082 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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