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42-30217

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43 IZA BLUE.

Detailed Duren 14/10/43 with Bob Simons crew, but recalled due to extreme weather, eventually getting lost until spotting small airfield near Lichfield, Staffs, and needed seven attempts to land in meadow beyond runway, hitting tree and wrecked aircraft; Salvaged. (10 Returned to Duty). IMPATIENT VIRGIN.

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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Boyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty.

  • Antonio Giangreco

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Charles Hash

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Alvin Marcus

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Ira Mooney

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Robert Pardue

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • John Pond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Erwin Rehder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

  • Robert Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed in B-17 42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin / Iza Blue' on 14-Oct-43 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty (RTD). ...

  • William Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin / Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty. ...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2022 00:50:10 jmoore43 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-90-bo-42-30132-42...
Changed the order of the nicknames.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 11:01:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-L213&dataTyp...

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 17:56:20 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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