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42-37773

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/8/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Rougham 10/10/43; transferred 563BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Webster Bull, Co-pilot: Leavitt Hobbs (body recovered 11//2/44), Navigator: Albt Bendix, Bombardier: Loran Gunderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Angel Pasque, Radio Operator: Howard Riley, Ball turret gunner: Chester Rush (body recovered 20/3/44), Waist gunner: Rudi Marsilio (body recovered 23/6/44) (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: John Rogowski, Tail gunner: Tom Wesson (2 Prisoner of War); mechanical fault, ditched in SW of Ijsselmeer, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 3148. FULL HOUSE.

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

  • Albert Bendix

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Webster Bull

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). The plane was ditched in the Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster / Purple Heart

  • Eugene Cordes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Cotter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    29 missions 1943 - 1944. Most memorable mission: 6 March 1944 -- 1st successful daylight raid on Berlin. I flew off left wing of Group. Leads Captain Brown and Major George flew off his right wing until Brown was shot down by fighter after bombs away...

  • Robert Grove

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

  • Loran Gunderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Leavitt Hobbs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Joho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rudolph Marsilio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • James McKenna

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 134

    19 November 1943
    The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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 28 August 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 11 October 1943

388 BG
563 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Rjukan, Norway 16 November 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) IJsselmeer, Netherlands 22 December 1943

Ditched in Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2017 04:09:53 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-37773&dat...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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