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42-5904

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Roswell 26/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Dow Fd 19/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [--K] Knettishall 18/6/43; t/o La Pallice 16/9/43 due to poor weather, with Jarrendt, Co-pilot: ?, Navigator: Staples (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: Dick (lost leg in crash), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Forsta, Radio Operator: ? , Ball turret gunner: Hovatter (inj), Waist gunner: Cunningham (inj), Waist gunner: ?, Tail gunner: Jim Jones (inj) (10 Returned to Duty); foto - Ed Balliff (KIS-in crash); in poor visibility crashed Long Holcombe Hill, Simonsbath, near Nth Moulton, Devon, UK. Salvaged 19/9/43. GREMLIN GUS.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edgar Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Cunningham was injured.

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

  • Eric Forsta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

  • Charles Hovatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

  • Ralph Jarrendt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 16-Sep-43 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B-17 42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Jones fell out of the escape hatch suffering slight injuries. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Staples

    Military | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

  • James Tierney

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

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 89

    2 September 1943
    This mission was composed of five elements. The first element was combined force 55 B-17s despatched from: 92BG; 305BG, and 306BG to bomb German airfields in NW France. The mission is recalled due to weather and the bombers return without dropping...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 98 & RAF

    16 September 1943
    This mission is a night attack by the RAF on the railroad marshalling yards at Modane, France. 5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS joined in the attack. There were no losses or claims.

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 29 April 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 18 June 1943
First 388th BG Combat Mission Lille, France 15 August 1943
Crashed Simonsbath, Minehead TA24, UK 16 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 20:13:35 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 113
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-5904&data...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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