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Ralph T Jarrendt Jr

Military

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 16-Sep-43 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B-17 42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Lester Baum

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edgar Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Cunningham was injured.

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

  • Eric Forsta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

  • Conrad Hoff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Hovatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top.

  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Jones fell out of the escape hatch suffering slight injuries. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Demetrios Karnezis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Sarbonne on 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-3293 'Slightly Dangerous. 'Evaded (EVD)

  • Gilbert Kastoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Lee

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30215

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 8/5/43;Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Osnabruck 11/1/44 with Lou Carpentier, Co-pilot: Don Davidson, Navigator: George Dustin,...

  • 42-30317 Second Chance

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bill McCown, Co-pilot: Bill Stantial, Navigator: Winston Hall, Bombardier: Vince McHugh, Flight engineer...

  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...

  • 42-31577 Aquila

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gr Island 8/12/43; Romulus 14/12/43; Mitchell 17/12/43; Syracuse 26/12/43; Grenier 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [O] Knettishall 9/1/44; destroyed at Poltava with George Little 21/6/44. Salvaged. AQUILA.

  • 42-37849

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 30/9/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; damaged in taxi accident with Ken Kuehl 15/2/45; sal 31/5/45. MISS FORTUNE.

  • 42-5904 Gremlin Gus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Roswell 26/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Dow Fd 19/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [--K] Knettishall 18/6/43; t/o La Pallice 16/9/43 due to poor weather, with Jarrendt, Co-pilot: ?, Navigator: Staples (Wounded in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

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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 Ford, Michigan 19 October 1921
Enlisted Detroit, MI 30 December 1941

Detroit, Michigan

Based Knettishall 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Simonsbath, Minehead TA24, UK 16 September 1943

While returning from a mission in bad weather, crashed into the top of a hill in Devon. There were injuries to the crew, however Jarrendt escaped uninjured.

Died 1 September 1969

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 21:34:08 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84382897-ralph-t-jarrendt-jr

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 19:34:47 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" and a space to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 20:58:35 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-JAR01-...

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2017 18:12:14 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 285

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 15:01:34 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:54 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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