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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 8/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Hanover 30/7/43 with Earl Pickard, Co-pilot: Billy Hooker, Navigator: Bob Hoke{evaded capture until he was betrayed 15/4/44}, Bombardier: Wallace Soderberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orville Lewis, Radio Operator: Walt Togel, Ball turret gunner: Harlan Oakburg, Waist gunner: Ralph May, Waist gunner: Sam Tucker,Tail gunner: Don Boyd (10 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1, crew bailed, ship crashed Berlaar, near Lier, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 3142.



  • 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


  • Gordon Amos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 26 July 1943


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3142 / MACR 5386 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database