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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Selfridge Fld 3/2/44; Dorval 4/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB-768]; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Parchim 7/4/45 with Lew Hickman, Arnold Wolf, Cawthorn Perdue, Albt Vawter, Herman Meyer (5 Prisoner of War); John Hughes, Elwood Eisenhawer, Jim Martin, Bob Wetzel (4 Killed in Action); rammed by Bf109; crashed Luneburg, Ger. (SOC 21/6/47?)



  • 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


  • Elwood Eisenhauer

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 7 April 1945 in B-17 42-97105, rammed by enemy aircraft near Luneberg. AM, PH

  • Henry Gregorich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    WWII Victory Medal Service Lapel Button WWII European African Middle Eastern Medal with 3 service bronze stars Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters.

  • Lewis Hickman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Rammed by enemy aircraft on 7 Apr 45 and crashed near Luneburg in B-17 #42-97105, Prisoner of War (POW). Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters; POW Medal; Purple Heart,

  • John Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Rammed by enemy aircraft and crashed near Luneburg in B-17 #42-97105, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Koontz

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) rammed by e/a and crashed near Luneburg in B-17 #4297105

  • Herman Meyer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) rammed by e/a and crashed near Luneburg on 7 Apr 45 in B-17 #4297105

  • Herbert Moore

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 2 tours with the 388th BG. total of 45 missions. Air Medal w 6/Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC

  • Cawthon Perdue

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Rammed by e/a and crashed near Luneburg on 7 Apr 45 in B-17 42-97105. Retired from the USAF as CMSGT.

  • Albert Vawter

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Rammed by E/A and crashed near Luneberg on 7 Apr 45 in B-17 #42-97105, Prisoner of War (POW).

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  • 455

    6 July 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 628

    13 September 1944

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 652

    28 September 1944

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  • 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
Delivered Selfridge, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045, USA 3 February 1944

Selfridge AAF

Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 13 March 1944

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission 11560 Fleury, France 6 July 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) L√ľneburg, Germany 7 April 1945

rammed by Bf 109

84 combat missions


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 03:20:22 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, person associations and mission associations
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 94

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database