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42-39845

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 7/10/43; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Marquis Fjelsted, Co-pilot: Bill Hudson, Navigator: Herb Honlihan, Bombardier: Chester Tracewaki, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McBrien, Radio Operator: Ed Stringer, Ball turret gunner: George Hoover, Waist gunner: John Shatz, Waist gunner: Harry McCarty,Tail gunner: John Perry (10 Prisoner of War); flak KOd two engines, force landed a mile from Weira, 31 miles SW of Kassel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5317. HULCHER’S VULTURES.

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...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Azzarelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Francis Dunphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Marquis Fjelsted

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-39845 'Hulcher's Vultures'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5317. ...

  • Wallace Gross

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

  • Herbert Honlihan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4239845 'Hulcher's Vultures. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Hoover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4239845 'Hulcher's Vultures. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-39845 'Hulcher's Vultures'. Initially evaded but captured along with 2Lt Chester P Tracewski the following day, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5317. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Wendell Hulcher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Joho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John McBrien

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-39845 'Hulcher's Vultures'. Prisoner of War.

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Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

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 Long Beach, CA, USA 18 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 7 October 1943

388 BG
563 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 19 November 1943

Flew 50 combat missions (plus 3 aborts) including the mission she was shot down

Crashed 07806 Weira, Germany 28 May 1944 – 28 May 1944

Forced crash landing after 2 engines were shot out

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2017 01:51:33 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-39845&dat...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5317 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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