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Mario Frank George


Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain



  • Iver Fitschen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Samuel Kaufman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Leibowitz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Mahon

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Shartz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 #4297091 'Dear Mom. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Stephens

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Turner

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

  • Harold Watts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • 42-31132

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 24/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Wilmington 12/10/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; transferred 100BG Thorpe Abbots; battle damaged on Bordeaux mission 6/1/44 with ? crew ? (10 Returned to Duty), crashed RAF Tarrant Rushton, Dorset,...

  • 42-31242 Patty Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Gt Falls 23/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 9/11/43; target Berlin 19/5/44 with Don Salles, Co-pilot: Homer Andrews, Navigator: Jack Barcus, Bombardier: Tom Matthews, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31549 Jeannie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Gr Island 7/12/43; New Castle 16/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 1/1/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Loslo, Co-pilot: Bob Wilson, Navigator: Doug Morrison, Bombardier: Presley...

  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-5900 Virgin On The Verge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/4/43; Sioux City 5/5/43; Smoky 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; Salvaged NBD 1/8/44. VIRGIN ON THE VERGE.


  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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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...


Event Location Date
Born Binghamton, NY, USA 17 February 1918
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 29 November 1944 – 6 March 1944

25 combat mission tour

Died Honolulu, HI, USA 21 April 1998
Buried Honolulu, HI, USA 25 April 1998

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific • Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot CTR-R, 400, 405


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2018 01:55:34 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia