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42-31745

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with George McFaull, Co-pilot: Frank Irizarry, Navigator: Ed Brazis, Bombardier: Roy Eggman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Kemp, Radio Operator: Ernie Alcorn, Ball turret gunner: Willy Krupitsch{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Alan Grimshaw{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Ralph Sirianni{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Walt Pawlesh (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Wilderhausen, near Oldenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3595. HEAVEN CAN WAIT.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Alcorn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Edward Brazis

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Eggman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alan Grimshaw

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Irizavdy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Kemp

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willy Krupitsch

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George McFall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Walter Pawlesh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, Germany on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, Germany. Captured 28 March 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B. ...

  • Ralph Sirianni

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crippled by flak and fighters on a mission to Brunswick, Germany on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-31745 'Heaven Can Wait' made an emergency landing near Wildeshausen/Oldenburg, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Germany 23 March 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3595 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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