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42-3518

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44.

Provided navigational assistance on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Wizernes, France. 4-8-44.

Service

Aircraft

  • NS569

    Mosquito
    Chase camera A/C on Anvil mission to V3 long range cannon battery, Mimoyecques, France. Drone A/C explosion flipped NS569 up several hundred feet, knocking out the port engine with debris coming through the nose injuring the observer Lt Daniel J...

  • 42-110007 'Hedron 7'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned USAAF, B-24J 42-110007, re-designated as PBY-1 when assigned to USN, went on to be assigned to USN Special Air Unit No1 as Bu #32271. Utilised as remote controlled explosive laden flying bomb on Anvil* project. USN provides A/C and command...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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
  • 803rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bailey

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

  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • David McCarthy

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator / Observer | 25th Bomb Group
    Served with 8th AF USAAF September 1943 - May 1944. ...

  • William McVey

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

  • Thomas Morton

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

  • John Mouat

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    John C. Mouat was born in 1921 in a log cabin atCuster, Montana near the battlefield where General Custer and many of histroops were massacred in 1876.During World War II, the author piloted 8thAir Force Flying Fortresses to targets in Germany and was...

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Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

  • 547

    12 August 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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...

  • Sculthorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942-43, and used by the RAF 1943-44. The Eighth Air Force's 803rd Bomb Squadron (P) were a Radio Countermeasures unit lodging here in 1944. The base was used by both the RAF and US forces in the post-war period.

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 15 July 1943
Aphrodite mission Wizernes, France 4 August 1944

Provided navigational assistance on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Wizernes, France. 4-8-44. Pilot Lt Bruce M Muirhead.

Colateral damage [Aphrodite] Blythburgh, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 12 August 1944

Damaged by PB4Y [42-110007] explosion on Aphrodite mission.

Crashed Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK 8 November 1944

Crashed Belly Landing RAF Fersfield/Sta 140, Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Thomas H Barton, 8-11-44.

Salvaged Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 14 November 1944

Salvaged

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 03:57:11 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 98

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 16:47:11 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 11:30:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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