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42-30349

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 1/7/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ray Wilkin, Vic Sanders, Bombardier: Carl Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lyle Merrill, Ball turret gunner: John Eicholtz, Waist gunner: Chester Winn, Waist gunner: Wallace Mallette, Tail gunner: Albt Flynn (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Warren Laws, Radio Operator: Joe Schwartzkopf (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Montgeux, five miles W of Troyes, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2409.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA. 16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Lieutenant Dick lost a leg.

  • John Eicholtz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30349, Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Albert Flynn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Carl Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Laws

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Evaded. This was on their return from the ill-fated Stuttgart mission. On that day, all six aircraft contributed by the 563rd BS were lost to enemy action. The last report of the plane byother members of the...

  • Wallace Mallette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lyle Merrill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Victor Sandes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-30349. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Schwartzkopf

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17#4230349. Evaded.

  • Ray Wilken

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30349, 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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 6 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2409 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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