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42-31138

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Art Nelson, Co-pilot: Art Livermore, Navigator: Maurice White, Bombardier: Bill Matuszewski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Mont, Radio Operator: Roger Blanchard, Ball turret gunner: Marion Jones, Waist gunner: Allen Garrison, Waist gunner: Heino Harala (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Hubert Bonnet (KIA- when tail severely damaged in attack); enemy aircraft, crashed near Neustadt Afd, near Speyerdorf, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3773. WINGED FURY.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Azzarelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Roger Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231138 'Winged Fury. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hubert Bonnet

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231138 'Winged Fury. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Francis Dunphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Allen Garrison

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231138 'Winged Fury. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wallace Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Heino Harala

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231138 'Winged Fury. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wendell Hulcher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Joho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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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 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

  • 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);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

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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 24 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 15 October 1943

388 BG
563 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Bremen, Germany 26 November 1943

Primarily assigned to the Vince Sundstrom Crew who flew her on 17 of the aircrafts 31 combat missions

Failed to Return (FTR) Lachen-Speyerdorf, 67435 Neustadt, Germany 13 April 1944

Shot down by German fighters with the Art Nelson Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 02:58:54 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31138&dat...

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2017 21:29:46 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings and events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31138&dat...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3773 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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