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A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30193) nicknamed "Hard Luck". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Eceleston crew.'

Kenneth L. Eccleston Crew
388th BG - 561st BS

Standing Left to Right: Kenneth L. Eccleston (P), Riley F. Bisonette (CP), John K. Dorsett (N), Milton Fletcher (B)

Kneeling Left to Right: David L. Ceely (TG), Norman D. Gallagher (FE), Joseph J. Molinari (BTG), David F. Holliman (WG/FE), George B. Doyle (R/O), Ivan Clark (WG)

Gallagher left the crew after 5 missions. He was later KIA flying with the Sundstrom Crew on 9 April 1944. Hollman took over as flight engineer. Bisonette flew six additional mission as pilot of his own crew.

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 42-30193) nicknamed "Hard Luck". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Eceleston crew.'

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Riley Bissonette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot
    Crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

  • David Ceely

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Ivan Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 42-31084. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Dorsett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • George Doyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Kenneth Eccleston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Milton Fletcher

    Military | Captain | Bombardier

  • Norman Gallagher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42107076. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • David Holliman

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Flew his first 3 missions (plus 3 aborts) as a waist gunner. Flew the remainder of his tour as Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

  • Joseph Molinari

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    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...

Aircraft

  • 42-30193 Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/6/43. ...

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
17 December 2017 00:37:28 466thHistorian Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C116&dat...

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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