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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ira Robinson, Radio Operator: Harry Guyette, Ball turret gunner: Pasquale Spina,Tail gunner: John McCleary (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Fred Justus (Prisoner of War); flak, exploded Schleisheim, N of Munich, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7744. DEVIL'S LUCK.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Harvey Dellwardt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

  • Joseph DeRidder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 ...

  • Mario George

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain

  • James Godwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Guyette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Fred Justus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim on 7/31/44 in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 POW

  • John McCleary

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

  • Chester Pluta

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Ira Robinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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Missions

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

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 17 January 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 11 February 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Schleissheim, Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2018 04:06:02 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

B-17 Flyiing Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 15:59:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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