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42-97210

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) Kingman 10/12/45. JAMAICAN GINGER II.

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

  • Irvin Amarnick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Von Bottenfield

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irwin Boxer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Joseph Brabham

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Chimenti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Plane lost an engine and then blew up killing Pilot and Co-Pilot; other crew members parachuted to safety on American side of the lines (see p177 of Huntzinger book)

  • James Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • James Daugherty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    Son of an Irish immigrant and a Choctaw woman, he grew up on a reservation in Oklahoma. He lied about his age to join the army and followed his two older brothers fighting in Europe. After the war, he abandoned the reservation and eventually settled in...

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Richard Gaspard

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 20 Feb 45 in B-17 'Miss Karenk' #448223

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 6 February 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 22 March 1944
First 388th BG Combat Mission Poznań, Poland 9 April 1944
100th 388th BG Combat Mission Hanau, Germany 5 January 1945
Final 388th BG Combat Mission 86899 Landsberg am Lech, Germany 21 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 05:19:33 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

Should be natural metal aircraft .

Removed images may have been correct Jamica Ginger.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 05:16:22 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Freeman, The B-17 Flying Fortress Story; block changes.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 05:05:14 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

Removed natural metal aircraft which were not the associated aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2017 04:35:18 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-97210&dat...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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