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Chester Peter Hewitt

Military

Service

People

  • Othello Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

  • 43-38965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 23/10/44; Dow Fd 31/10/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 2/11/44; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 3/11/44; ct fire en route Nurnberg 21/2/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium; 9RTD; Salvaged 5/3/45. OH KAY.

  • 44-6582

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 13/8/44; Grenier 26/7/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 28/9/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/1/45 with Winfred Lenocker, Dick Jackson, Don Blair, Stan Roof, Lou Rotella, Bob Roth, Clayton McClelland, Jack Putnam, Heine Reiser (9...

  • 44-6803

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 16/11/44; Dow Fd 28/11/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45.

  • 44-8234

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/7/44; Hunter 18/8/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 20/9/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 29/12/45.

  • 44-8251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/7/44; Hunter 25/8/44; Grenier 16/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 19/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-8540 Round Trip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; with Paul Quinn force landed Dow Fd 18/11/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 22/1/45; transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall /45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-8742

    18 Expeditor
    Delivered Hunter 13/12/44; Grenier 29/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 5/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 7/1/46.

Missions

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 766

    28 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

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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 New York, NY 4 November 1923
Lived in Lawrence, NY 30 June 1942

241 Rockaway Turnpike

Enlisted New York, NY 18 March 1943
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 16 November 1944 – 16 April 1945
Died 15 December 1980

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2020 00:45:52 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-HEW03-0...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=749491
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44028_04_00...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:10 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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