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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 22/5/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 27/5/44; battle damaged at Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Chas Maring, Scott Johnson, nav ?, John Hanlon ?, Roy Dean, Bob Bessett, John Kelly, Tom Isaacs, Art Woodsum, bellied in on base but all crew safe. Slight mid-air collision with John Melehes and force landed W of Sudbury, Suffolk, 2/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 1/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Bessette

    Military | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Roy Dean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Isaacs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Scott Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Noel Kloter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Maring

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Merseburg in B-17 43-38404

  • James Rogers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    James Rogers served as a navigator with the 562nd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England.

  • Art Woodsum

    Military | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
16 April 2021 11:13:17 Snautzer Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2020 22:00:46 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added unit connections to the 8th AF, 560th BS & 388th BG.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log