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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Benone Terrano, Radio Operator: Bob Ward (6 Returned to Duty); on landing aircraft struck a parked vehicle, causing so much damage could not be repaired. [? Missing in Action Munich 11/7/44 with ?; flak, crashed Rtrange, Fr; Salvaged 26/2/45?]



  • 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


  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • Floyd Doherty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Clifford Hanks

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    My father Clifford L. Hanks was a WWII hero. He flew 30 missions and was with the 388th out of Knettishall, England. Iccky Poo was is plane. He was awarded six clusters and two DFC's. He was a member of The Lucky Bastard's Club. He flew the Berlin...

  • Stanley Hanuschak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group


  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 382

    31 May 1944
    Bombed the marshaling yards. Heavy flak but no hits.

  • 8th Air Force

    2 June 1944

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

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  • 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 Cheyenne, WY, USA 17 March 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 30 April 1944

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Magdeburg, Germany 28 May 1944
Final 388th BG Combat Mission 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie, France 8 July 1944

22 Combat Missions

Crashed Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 9 July 1944

Struck vehicle upon landing after a local flight. Salvaged


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 21:25:34 jmoore43 Changes to description

Capitalized surname of "Meyer".

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2017 02:40:57 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

388th BG

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 03:37:45 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 217

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log