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Airspeed Oxford DF507, assigned to 452nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, 8AF USAAF.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 452nd Bomb Squadron



  • 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
Crashed Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 13 April 1944

Taxiing accident Knettishall/Sta 136 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Gordon K Penton, 13-Apr-44.

452BS 388BG 8AF.

Manufactured Christchurch, Dorset, UK

Built at Airspeed.

Delivered England, UK

Delivered to RAF MU.

Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK

Assigned to 452nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
06 February 2016 17:12:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations