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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on non-operational flight 13/10/43 crashed just off runway; with Rodney Due, Co-pilot: Pete Musulin, Navigator: Fred Bergman, Pvt Walter Nolan (4 Killed in Service); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Stanton (Returned to Duty); Salvaged 30/1/44. "BATTLIN' BETSY".



  • 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • Frederick Bergman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group
    KNO at Knettishall on approach in B17#42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey'

  • Eugene Cordes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Photographer/Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 December 1943 AM/ PH Listed as "photographer" on the crew list on the mission he was KIA. Davis appears to have flown his previous missions as a waist gunner.

  • Rodney Due

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    KNO at Knettishall on approach in B-17 #42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey'

  • Peter Musulin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    KNO at Knettishall on approach in B17#42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey'

  • Walter Nolan

    Military | Private | 388th Bomb Group
    KNO at Knettishall on approach in B17#42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey'

  • Raymond Stanton

    Military | Sergeant | 388th Bomb Group
    Only survivor of accident 10/13/43 at Knettishall on approach in B17#42-30205 'Battlin' Betsey' when ac crashed and burst into flames.

  • William Tobin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 17 missions as co-pilot for Frank Kelley (3 missions) and Richard Bailey (14 missions) Flew 11 missions as pilot leading his own crew


  • 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
21 December 2017 14:17:34 Lucy May Changes to description

Corrected 'Rodney Doe' to 'Rodney Due':

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log