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Lester Roger Hess

Military

Service

People

  • Herbert Fletcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Maurice Foley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Hodgen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Gerald Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Eli Klein

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Cawthon Perdue

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF as CMSGT

  • Charles Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Stroeher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Completed 34 combat missions, 2 food missions and 3 missions returning displaced persons. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-97760

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

  • 44-6524

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 29/8/44; Grenier 15/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 20/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; Sth Plains 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/11/45.

  • 44-6597 Supermouse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 1/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. SUPERMOUSE.

  • 44-8504

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 4/10/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 19/10/44; Missing in Action Munich 9/4/45 with John Carroll, Joe Diaz, Casimir Formella (3 Killed in Action); Jack Martin, Julius Conison, Arthur Crist, Olgie Latwen, Ralph...

  • 42-97328 Heaven's Above

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/44; Gr Island 5/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/3/44; on mission to ? 31/7/44 with E.F. Fowler (9 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Jim Wilkie (Killed in Action); taxi accident with Herbert Shule 3/5/45;...

Missions

  • 824

    9 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 845

    24 February 1945

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 865

    5 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lancaster, New York 12 March 1919
Lived in Erie County, NY, USA 1943
Enlisted Atlantic City, NJ, USA 1 February 1943
Died Anderson, SC, USA 19 November 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 01:15:24 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

388th BGA

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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