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  • Arthur Codding

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102485 flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, Holland. 28-May-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5316. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Comer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Comer's Crew flew 35 missions over France and Germany from Knettishall Air Base without a crew member being injured.

  • Axel Fornell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Montgomery Givens

    Military | Major | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). Held in POW camp Stalag Luft 1, Barth Vogelsang...

  • Robert Rubottom

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Lowell Watts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzin' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

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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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107085 Little Chum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Gene Creagh (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Capt Lucian Taylor, Navigator: Don Nicholson, Bombardier: Mitch...

  • 42-30025

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 7/5/43; with W. Simpson force landed Selfridge 21/5/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG LUCKY LADY but not to UK; transferred 234 BU Gt Bend 3/6/44; 19BG Gt Bend 9/9/44; 1103 BU Morrison 22/1/45; 243 BU Gt Bend...

  • 42-30177 Charlene

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...

  • 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...

  • 42-31153 'CAPTAIN JOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Grand Island 9/10/43; Romulus 12/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43 BOOMERANG; Missing in Action Frankfurt 20/3/33 with Joe Patterson, Co-pilot: Max Stewart, Navigator: Paul Cheek, Bombardier: Larry Barnett,...

  • 42-31242 Patty Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Gt Falls 23/10/43. ...

  • 42-37886 Blitzing Betsy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Lowell Watts captured by civilians, Co-pilot: Bob Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Murphy, Bombardier: Ed Kelley, Flight engineer...

  • 42-97112 Little Joe Jr.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dorval 12/2/44; Assigned RAF [HB-775]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 18/3/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/1/45 with John Edelman, Herb Drumheller, Jim Edens, Bradley Jewett, Nick Peters, Clarry Gieck (6 Returned to Duty); Dan McBride,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • 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 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 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 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 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...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled due to weather before it could take off. Mission...

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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 War, West Virginia 18 November 1923
Lived in War, WV February 1942
Enlisted Huntington, WV 2 October 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 26 November 1943 – 30 August 1944
Died 21 March 1988

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2020 00:45:55 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=13226504...
http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-BEA07-0...
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/25821330/person/1279997...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:22 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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