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Earl Cranston Garey

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  • Clarence Gridley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed W of Meppen, GR on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31194 'Duchess of Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW; Air Medal & Purple Heart

  • Albert Montgomery

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on a mission to Poznan, Poland on 24 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-30661 'Veni, Vidi, Vici. ' landed in Sweden. INT.

  • Patrick O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Leland Ramsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #425898 'Little Lass. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30625 Joho's Jokers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Amarillo 1/7/43; Love 4/7/43; Dallas 19/7/43; Kingman 6/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; Salvaged n/battle damaged 15/7/45. JOHO'S JOKERS.

  • 42-31253

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Isle 22/10/43; Romulus 28/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 24/4/44 with Bob McWhite, Co-pilot: Harry Olmstead, Navigator: Martin Cullen, Bombardier: Herb Scott, Flight...

  • 42-31802

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/12/43; Gr Island 45/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -M] Knettishall 12/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 8/7/44 with Sam Fisher, Co-pilot: John Healey, Navigator: Wilbert Smith, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-31994

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Training Command Seattle 13/1/44; 3715 BU Burbank 13/8/44; 3701 BU Amarillo 7/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/12/45.

  • 42-5898 Little Lass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Dow Fd 14/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Paul Williams, Co-pilot: Israel Rogg, Navigator: Ed Garver, Bombardier: Bob Macy, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • 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 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 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • 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 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

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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 Minco, Oklahoma 6 August 1919
Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK 30 March 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 16 September 1943 – 28 May 1944

Flew 39-40 combat missoins

Died Vian, OK 2 June 1995
Buried Muskogee, OK 5 June 1995

Greenhill Cemetery
Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, US

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 00:50:42 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-GAR04-0...

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 00:17:16 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=5253573&...
http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-GAR04-0...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90233561
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=21401725...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:56 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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