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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval (Montreal) 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB783]; transferred USAAF 26/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 22/3/44; battle damaged Merseburg 28/9/44 with Elroy Gierach, Co-pilot: Percy Mead, Navigator: Harry Hobbs, Bombardier: Milton Gunnarson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Smith, Radio Operator: Martin Krey, Ball turret gunner: Daryl Daugherty, Waist gunner: Jim Hyde,Tail gunner: Jim Hodgin (9 Returned to Duty); flak damaged two engines, crash landed Les Villette, near Brasur-Liennes, SW of Malmedy, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 9379. PANHANDLE KID.



  • 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


  • John Brinegar

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions with the 388th BG between July 44 and Jan 45, the last 14 as lead pilot. Known to have flown on the following aircraft. ...

  • Frederick Dearing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207


  • 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 Dorval, QC, Canada 3 March 1944

Assigned to the RAF as HB783

Transferred to the USAAF Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 26 March 1944

388 BG
561 BS

Failed to Return (FTR) Villette, 6032 Charleroi, Belgium 28 September 1944

Flak Damaged two engines over target


Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 20:33:49 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9379 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database