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42-31149

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Love Fd 12/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Phil Comelia, Co-pilot: Guy Claypool, Navigator: Bill Aunspaugh, Bombardier: Curtis Bellfy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Patsy Sacco, Radio Operator: Frank Pilato (6KIA-all failed to board the dinghy in very rough conditions); Ball turret gunner: John Mont, Waist gunner: Walter Steele, Waist gunner: Joe Payne,Tail gunner: Frank Zagrovich (4 Returned to Duty); flak, ditched English Channel, 20 miles of Isle of Wight; Missing Air Crew Report 3139. MY DAY.

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

  • William Aunspaugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH

  • Curtis Bellfy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Guy Claypool

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Phillip Comella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action. MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH

  • John Mont

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner, Right Waist Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139 ...

  • Joe Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Frank Pilato

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Patsy Sacco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Walter Steele

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139 Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Zagrovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139 Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 30 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 16:00:17 weswahlgren Changes to media associations
Sources

From family collection.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3139 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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