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42-3262

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 SWEETHEART; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45; also named JEANNIE and WILSON'S WILDCATS.

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

  • Charles Albright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Riley Bissonette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

  • Milton Ehrenreich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward English

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Johnson

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

  • Joseph Luke

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Peter Matura

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

  • William McVey

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

  • Joseph Molinari

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/14/43 on takeoff for Schweinfurt in B17#42-30193 'Hard Luck', no. 3 engine caught fire during take off with 10 bombs aboard. Lt. Swith retracted landing gear to avoid trees...

  • Thomas Morton

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

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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 16 April 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 23 June 1943

388 BG
560 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission 29303 Bergen, Germany 24 July 1943
Final 388th BG Combat Mission Hamburg, Germany 30 March 1945

62nd and final combat mission

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 21:51:43 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events and unit associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
pages 54 & 93
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-3262&data...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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