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42-30317

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bill McCown, Co-pilot: Bill Stantial, Navigator: Winston Hall, Bombardier: Vince McHugh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bert Crawford, Radio Operator: Floyd Smith, Ball turret gunner: Don Miller, Waist gunner: Ed Nelson, Waist gunner: George Krolik, Tail gunner: Harry Kincaid (10 Killed in Action); coll with 42-37838 (401BG) losing entire tail section, crashed Vehne Moor, Bissel, near Ahlhorn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3075. SECOND CHANCE.

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

  • Paul Bensel

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Brigadier General | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Bertram Crawford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230317 'Second Chance. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Cruchon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Winston Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230317 'Second Chance. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Jarrendt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 16-Sep-43 mission to La Pallice. FR, in B-17 42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Kincaid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230317 'Second Chance. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Glenn Kofoed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak enroute to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt and again on the return on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3500. Most of crew baled out, pilot was wounded so LtCol Alford, the H2X operator, made a forced landing near Winterswijk, Holland....

  • George Krolik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 42-30317 'Second Chance. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William McCown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230317 'Second Chance. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 13 May 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 June 1943

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 July 1943

Orignally assigned to the Ivan Willson Crew who flew her on 14 of her 23 combat missions

Failed to Return (FTR) 26197 Großenkneten, Germany 26 November 1943

Collision with 401BG B-17
McCown Crew
10 KIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 18:00:19 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 19:12:09 johntreacy Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR - pilot surname was McCown not McGowan.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 05:17:52 johntreacy Changes to description and events
Sources

From the MACR - McCown, not McGowan
Also, grave marker for three of the lost crew names Hall, Crawford, McCown

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 00:54:04 johntreacy Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR 3075 from archives.gov

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 21:12:41 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30317&dat...

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 21:12:07 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings and events
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30317&dat...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 139

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3075 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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