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42-39894

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 18/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Rostock 20/2/44 with Jerry Payne, Co-pilot: Carl Cole, Navigator: Jim Kelley, Bombardier: Clarry Swanson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marco Zumsolo, Radio Operator: John White, Ball turret gunner: Joe Pappalado, Waist gunner: Jim Ellis, Waist gunner: Grant Tucker (9 Killed in Action); Tail gunner: Andrea Alearese (Wounded in Action)(Prisoner of War); mech fault, crashed Brahesholom, NE of Assen, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 2432. BARBARA.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Andrea Alcarese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Cole

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Ellis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Morton

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

  • Joseph Pappalardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerry Payne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Clarence Swanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G 42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Grant Tucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John White

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) England 20 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2432 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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