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44-6106

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 2 May 1944
Assigned: 4 May 1944 - Douglas Aircraft / Douglas Modification Center # 16 - (Tulsa Municipal)
Assigned: 11 May 1944 / 24 May 1944 - 2nd AF / 7th Heavy Bombardment Processing - (Kearney AAF)
Assigned: 25 May 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Grenier AAF)
Assigned: 28 May 1944 / 1 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 4 June 1944 - 8th AF / 3rd BD / 45th CBW / 388th BG / 563rd BS - (RAF Knettishall)
( Square-H ) ( X / Gremlin’s Hideout )
107 combat missions, 5 Chowhound missions, 3 Revival misssons
After 1 January 1945: ( Square-H ) Two black stripes on tail ( X / Gremlin’s Hideout )
Assigned: 30 June 1945 - ATC / Ferry Division - (Bradley AAF)
Assigned: 3 July 1945 - ATSC / 4168th AAFBU (Oklahoma City ATSC) - (South Plains AAF)
Assigned: 18 November 1945 - RFC / Depot 41 - (Kingman AAF) - SOC.
Sold: 9 August 1946 - Martin Wunderlich Company, Jefferson City - Missouri

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 45th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Howard Maple

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Donald Meikle

    Military | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Milton Opdyke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Paulson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harold Radmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • 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). ...

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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...

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Tulsa, OK, USA 4 February 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 4 June 1944

388th BG/563rd BS

388th BG Combat Tour 6 June 1944 – 19 April 1945

107 combat missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:49:42 terveurn Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:46:53 terveurn Changes to aircraft associations, unit associations and place associations
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connections

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:45:38 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:45:21 terveurn Changes to markings
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added basic markings

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:43:27 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2019 03:43:03 terveurn Changes to description and events
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from aircraft card

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2015 02:39:40 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2015 02:39:03 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Chris Brassfield
388bg.info

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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