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42-5905

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 30/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/7/43; detailed Solignen, 30/11/43 with Paul Kelly, Co-pilot: John Corzette, Navigator: John Wiley, Bombardier: Marion Wiles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Theo Lambert, Radio Operator: Edwin Bishop, Ball turret gunner: Merrick Castilie, Waist gunner: Eldridge Sautter, Waist gunner: Sterling Crawford,Tail gunner: Andrew Jenkins (10 Returned to Duty) crash landed on wrong runway at Polebrook on return through pilot error. Salvaged. JUST AG.

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

  • Edward Bishop

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. Pilot was Paul Kelly.

  • Merrick Castille

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. Pilot was Paul Kelly.

  • Andrew Chaffin

    Military | Major | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Corzette

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. CP to Pilot Paul Kelly.

  • Sterling Crawford

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. Pilot was Paul Kelly.

  • Andrew Jenkins

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. Pilot was Paul Kelly.

  • Paul Kelly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions Plane was 'Millie K'. 30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD

  • Theodore Lambert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    30 November 1943 in B-17 #425905 ÒJust AGÓ returned from mission to Solingen and was unable to stop before the end of the runway at Polebrook. 10 RTD. Pilot was Paul Kelly.

  • Joseph Molinari

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/14/43 on takeoff for Schweinfurt in B17#42-30193 'Hard Luck', no. 3 engine caught fire during take off with 10 bombs aboard. Lt. Swith retracted landing gear to avoid trees...

  • Eldridge Sautter

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5899 'Sioux City Queen. ' A/C received heavy damage and crashed near Cartujac, FR. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • 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 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • 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 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

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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...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 26 April 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 3 July 1943

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Oschersleben, Germany 28 July 1943
Crashed Polebrook, Peterborough PE8 5LN, UK 30 November 1943

Crash Landed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2019 03:20:32 slarish Changes to description
Sources

Corrected name of waist gunner Eldridge Sautter, instead Eldridge Sauter.

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2017 04:49:07 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-5905&data...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 113

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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