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42-97171

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 12/3/44; Missing in Action Paris 2/8/44 with Don Balboni (Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Fufaro (evaded capture); Co-pilot: Willard Spangler, Navigator: Arthur Read, Bombardier: Earl Simanek, Radio Operator: Ed Monroe, Ball turret gunner: Lou Legrand, Waist gunner: Walt Knudson,Tail gunner: Laverne Kaasa (7 Prisoner of War); flak, bellied in Pierrelaye, SE of Pontoise, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 7745. 4TH TERM.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Balboni

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay in B-17 Fourth Term #4297171

  • Ernest Furfaro

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 'Fourth Term' #42-97171, Evaded (EVD).

  • Laverne Kaasa

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 Fourth Term #4297171 POW

  • Walter Knudson

    Military | Private | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 Fourth Term #4297171 POW

  • Louis Legrand

    Military | Private First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Monroe

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 Fourth Term #4297171 POW

  • Arthur Read

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 'Fourth Term' #42-97171, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Earl Simanek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay on 8/2/44 in B-17 Fourth Term #4297171 POW

  • Willard Spangler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Pierrelay in B-17 Fourth Term 42-97171 POW

Missions

  • 510

    2 August 1944

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 2 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 16:05:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7745 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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