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42-37980

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [D] Knettishall 1/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Joe Coyner Wounded in Action, Co-pilot: Harry Monroe, Navigator: Fulton Sandler, Bombardier: Don Wiley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Bode Wounded in Action, Radio Operator: Bill Evans, Ball turret gunner: Cecil Turner, Waist gunner: Jim Chearing, Waist gunner: Audrey Yates Wounded in Action,Tail gunner: Warren Smith (10 Prisoner of War); flak KOd two engines, crash landed Watou, 12 miles W of Ypres, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 4244.

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Bode

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Chearing

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Covner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Coyner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Evans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kropp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Robert John Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 Nov 1915. As a child, he worked as a newsboy. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert...

  • Harold Monroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fulton Sandler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    1944: April 22 Hamm; 24 Friedrichshafen; 29 Berlin: shot down. Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW) until 29 April 1945. POW probable Me 109

  • Warren Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37980. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Max Stuart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 316

    24 April 1944

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

  • 319A

    26 April 1944

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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 3 November 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 1 December 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Berlin, Germany 22 March 1944
Crashed Watou, 8978 Poperinge, Belgium 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 01:47:12 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-37980&dat...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4244 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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