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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/43; Kearney 14/6/43; Dow Fd 29/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 5/7/43; Missing in Action Emden 2/10/43 with Joe Felece, Co-pilot: Don Wilson, Navigator: Joe Sullivan, Bombardier: Joe Kendall, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Burton Rubens, Radio Operator: John Parsons, Ball turret gunner: Henry DeKeyrel, Waist gunner: Bill Harrington, Waist gunner: Gene Harper,Tail gunner: Bill Salyer (10 Killed in Action); flak KO’d #1, then #2 caught fire, ditched North Sea off Heligoland Is, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3135.



  • 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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Albright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Laurence Bairstow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Also served in Korea and Vietnam. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Melville Duff

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

  • Frank Farmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Felece

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30421, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Harper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 October 1943 in B-17 #4230421. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • WIlliam Harrington

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 October 1943 in B-17 42-30421. Killed in Action. AM/ PH

  • Joseph Kendall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 October 1943 in B-17 #4230421. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Henry Keyrel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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  • 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) Germany 2 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3135 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database