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42-30201

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 7/5/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 19/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/6/43 TIGER GIRL; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Earl Melville, Radio Operator: Frank Aldenhoevel, Waist gunner: Bill Borchert, Tail gunner: Walt Creamer (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Stone, Navigator: John Pronek, Bombardier: Bill Pastrick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Lotter, Ball turret gunner: Morris Wickersham, Waist gunner: Bernard Tuvman (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Voves, 12 miles SE of Chartres, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3124. SHEDONWANNA ?

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Aldenhoevel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Borchert

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Creamer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17F-90-BO 42-30201 'Shedonwanna?. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • George Lotter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Melville

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17F-90-BO 42-30201 'Shedonwanna ? ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • William Pastrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Pronek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Stone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bernard Tuvman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17F #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Morris Wickersham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30201 'Shedonwanna?', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2020 18:56:42 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 15:29:02 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

AAF still photographs

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2019 17:04:54 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

FORTLOG
FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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