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42-31741

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett, Radio Operator: Albt Bibbens, Ball turret gunner: Ed Leonard, Waist gunner: Will Lazar, Waist gunner: Gene Benson,Tail gunner: Lt Bill Moran (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hurdle, Lt Col Bill Chamberlain mission leader (2 Killed in Action); flak KOd #3 and #4, starting fire, crashed Guibersmesnil, eight miles NW of Poix-de-Picardie, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5264. THUNDERBOLT.

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

  • Wayne Barnett

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Benson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Bibbens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5264. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • William Chamberlin

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of 561BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. On 5-Nov-43 B-17 42-30863 'My Devotion' returning from mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with 2 damaged engines, crew baled out over North Suffolk, RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Liege in B-17 42...

  • Chester Cox

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

  • Warren Fleener

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

  • Howard Gaines

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rolla Garretson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Hurdle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25 May 1944 in B-17 42-31741 'Thunderbolt'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5264. Awards: AM (4 OLC), PH.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 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...

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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 Denver, CO, USA 12 December 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 January 1944

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Frankfurt, Germany 29 January 1944
Shot Down/Crashed Guibersmesnil, Le Mesnil Guilbert, 27660 Bézu-Saint-Éloi, France 25 May 1944

Shot down by Flak

21 Combat Missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 03:52:14 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 168
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31741&dat...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5264 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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