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A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30177) nicknamed "Charlene".

Printed caption on reverse: '61552 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Charlene". England. 30 August 1943.
Standing left to right are:
2nd Lt John N Haroian, Boise, Idaho;
1st Lt Charles Bliss, Los Angeles, California;
2nd Lt Vernon D Duncan, Columbus, Ohio;
2nd Lt Bernard J Quenneville, Hadley, Mass.

Kneeling left to right:
S/Sgt Robert E Brailey, Woonsocket, RI;
T/Sgt Albert N Brown, Great Falls, Mont;
S/Sgt Herman B Mays, Terre Haute, Ind;
S/Sgt Lawrence H Ruddell, Wausau, Wisc;
S/Sgt Edmund W Wilbert, Westlake, Ohio;
T/Sgt Henry G Rotell, Riwabik, Minn.
US Air force Photo.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30177) nicknamed "Charlene". Printed caption on reverse: '61552 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Charlene". England. 30 August 1943. Standing left to right are: 2nd Lt John N Harlan, Boise, Idaho; 1st Lt Charles Bliss, Los Angeles, California; 2nd Lt Vernon D Dunkin, Columbus, Ohio; 2nd Lt Bernard J Quenneville, Hadley, Mass. Kneeling left to right: S/Sgt Robert E Brailey, Woonsocket, RI; T/Sgt Albert N Brown, Great Falls, Mont; S/Sgt Herman B Mays, Terre Haute, Ind; S/Sgt Lawrence H Ruddell, Wausau, Wisc; S/Sgt Edmund W Wilbert, Westlake, Ohio; T/Sgt Henry G Rotell, Riwabik, Minn. US Air force Photo.'

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Charles Bliss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Albert Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner

  • Vernon Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot

  • John Haroian

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    WIA

  • Herman Mays

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Evaded (EVD) ...

  • Bernard Quenneville

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Henry Rotell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Lawrence Rudell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner

  • Edmund Wilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • 42-30177 Charlene

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 03:33:59 466thHistorian Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=photoImage&id=388-P-C-...

Corrected the names of Haroian and Duncan in the photo caption. Added Haroian to the connections.

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2017 15:50:03 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen listed in caption.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 20:17:37 jmchristel Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added connection

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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