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A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5906) nicknamed "Sandra Kay". Printed caption on reverse: '61482 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sondra Kay". England, 11 August 1943.

Front row, left to right: T/Sgt Herman J Ball (FE), Milwaukee, Wisc; S/Sgt George R Martin (BTG), New Albany, Ind; S/Sgt Joshua M Lewis (TG), Cumberland, Md; S/Sgt Otto V Kloza (WG), Milwaukee, Wisc; T/Sgt Paul D Gomis (R/O), Reading, Penn; S/Sgt Francis H Curry (WG), Roswell, New Mexico;

Back row, left to right: 2nd Lt Frank N Broach (B), Irving, Texas; 2nd Lt Albert (NMI) Rubin (CP), Chicago, Ill; 2nd Lt Henry O Cox (P), Crossville, Tenn; 2nd Lt Willis E Eddy (N), Battle Creek Mich. US Air Force Photo.'

Made corrections to the caption, adding crew positions and changing the plane name from "Sandra Kay" to "Sondra Kay"

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 42-5906) nicknamed "Sandra Kay". Printed caption on reverse: '61482 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sandra Kay". England, 11 August 1943. Front row, left to right: T/Sgt Herman J Ball, Milwaukee, Wisc; S/Sgt George R Martin, New Albany, Ind; S/Sgt Joshua M Lewis, Cumberland, Md; S/Sgt Otto V Kloza, Milwaukee, Wisc; T/Sgt Paul D Gomis, Reading, Penn; S/Sgt Francis H Curry, Roswell, New Mexico; Back row, left to right: 2nd Lt Frank N Broach, Irving, Texas; 2nd Lt Albert (NMI) Rubin, Chicago, Ill; 2nd Lt Henry O Cox, Crossville, Teen; 2nd Lt Willis E Eddy, Battle Creek Mich. US Air Force Photo.'

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

  • Herman Ball

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B17#42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon.

  • Frank Broach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Francis Curry

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Willis Eddy

    Military | Captain | Navigator/Squadron Navigator

  • Donald Gromis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B17#42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

  • Otto Kloza

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Joshua Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B17#42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943

  • George Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Albert Rubin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B17#42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon. 16 September 1943 Air Medal

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...

  • 42-30230 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; following Regensburg shuttle mission suffered battle damaged over Bordeaux on return trip to base 24/8/43, with Lloyd...

  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...

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
21 December 2017 21:42:56 466thHistorian Changes to caption, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C085&dat...

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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