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563rd Bomb Squadron crew in front of B-17 42-30193 "Hardluck".

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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...

  • 563rd 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. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 21:43:03 Gary Bissonette Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Riley F Bissonette son.

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