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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 7/2/45; Dow Fd 19/2/45; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 21/2/45;RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.



  • 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Amolsch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Brigadier General | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Edward Eaton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Carl Hartigan

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Harry Humm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Othello Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Scott Smith

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group



  • 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 16 January 1945
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 21 February 1945

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Frankfurt, Germany 22 March 1945

H2X equipped lead ship

Final 388th BG Combat Mission Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945

Flew 9 combat missions plus one food supply mission to the Netherlands and one Trolley mission

Sold For Scrap Walnut Ridge, AR, USA 20 December 1945


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 03:38:58 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 299

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:06 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log