Skip to main content

Bob Pfieffer and his crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30213) nicknamed "Lil' One". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bob Pfieffer crew, 562BS.'

Standing Left to Right: Thomas A. Sigurdson (CP), Robert L. Pfeiffer (P), William H. Harrington (N), Max C. Greva (B)

Kneeling Left to Right: Vernon L. Rhoda (WG), Forrest W. Miller (FE), James P. Riley (TG), unidentified, John H. Reidel (WG), Robert J. Fanning (R/O)

The unidentified man is probably Adolph Jusewicz (BTG)

IWM catalogue record

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

Bob Pfieffer and his crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30213) nicknamed "Lil' One". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bob Pfieffer crew, 562BS.'

Connections

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Fanning

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    There is some mystery here as to why Fanning was flying a mission on 6 March 1944 when his tour apparently ended in December 1943. The 388th BG website lists a "R.W. Fanning" as the navigator for the Gridley Crew on 6 March 1944, however the WW2 POW...

  • Max Greve

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • William Harrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Adolph Jusewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Forrest Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Robert Pfeiffer

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Vernon Rhoda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • John Riedel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • James Riley

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Killed in Action (KIA) 29 November 1943 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Thomas Sigurdson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • 42-30213 Lil' One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin...

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
14 December 2017 21:02:50 466thHistorian Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C364&dat...

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Share