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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; [66m] crashed on take off for Bohlen oil depot 7/10/44 with Harry Resch, Co-pilot: Jim Fraser, Navigator: George Miner, Bombardier: Don Sjaardema, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Buckles, Radio Operator: Herb Jacobs, Ball turret gunner: Tony Checcia, Waist gunner: Archie Gollen;Tail gunner: Chester Mitchell (9 Returned to Duty); engine caught fire, bellied in at Walpole, Sfk, UK. Salvaged. (first in group to 75 missions and last known B-17F to be used on daylight mission); BLIND DATE.



  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • August Franzetta

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Otis Ingebritsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner/Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Meginnies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Alvin Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Miller owned a jewelry company after the war.

  • George Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, AF USAAF. Pilot B-17 42-30793 (mission navigation support) on Aphrodite [remote controlled flying bomb] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-Aug-44. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Martin Orsan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    May have transferred to the 490th BG.

  • Joseph Polka

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Scott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-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...


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Date Contributor Update
05 August 2020 05:36:19 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings and media associations

Conforms to assiciated images.

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 19:14:22 CPrimmer Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

Updated 11/10/2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:27 AAM AAM ingest

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