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44-8504

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 4/10/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 19/10/44; Missing in Action Munich 9/4/45 with John Carroll, Joe Diaz, Casimir Formella (3 Killed in Action); Jack Martin, Julius Conison, Arthur Crist, Olgie Latwen, Ralph Henderson, Don Gallagher {tg}, Herb Leventon {rcm} (7 Prisoner of War) flak, crashed Landsberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13870.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Carroll

    Military | First Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 April 1945 near Landsberg in B-17 #44-8504. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Julius Conison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #448504

  • Arthur Crist

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg in B-17 #448504 on 9 Apr 45

  • Joseph Diaz

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Landsberg in B-17 44-8504.

  • Casmir Formichella

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Landsberg in B-17 #448504

  • Donald Gallagher

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #448504

  • Ralph Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #448504

  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Olgie Latwen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #448504

  • Herbert Leventon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radar Counter Measures Operator, Radio Counter Measures | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #44-8504, 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13870 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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