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44-8540

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; with Paul Quinn force landed Dow Fd 18/11/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 22/1/45; transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall /45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 21/1/46. ROUND TRIP.

Service

Units

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Conly Eagle

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Chester Hewitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Loren Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    30 missions from 11 August 1944 to 7 April 1945, 21 missions as lead crew DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • William Majeska

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Don Ong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew a total of 50 mission with no aborts in ETO. Retired in 1972.

  • Calvin Samson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Othello Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Stewart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier (Togglier) | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Donovan Helgeson crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Missions

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 865

    5 March 1945

  • 875

    9 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 896

    19 March 1945

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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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 11 October 1944
Assigned Snetterton Heath Airfield, UK 22 January 1945

96BG
339BS

Assigned Knettishall Airfield, UK February 1945

388BG
562BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2020 01:26:51 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C426&data...

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2020 01:07:39 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=44-8540&dataT...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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