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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; slated 303BG, Assigned 562BS/388BG [T] Knettishall 8/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Lt Barry 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.



  • 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


  • Robert Barry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • H Cooper

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Crider

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Arnold Freed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Henry Hampton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Gordon Hoyt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Francis McIlwaine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Menger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Simon Paul

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Toles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.


  • 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...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
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