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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [H] Knettishall 8/9/43; on assembly for Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Walt Malaniak, Co-pilot: Aaron Brinkoeter, Navigator: Leo Ramos, Bombardier: Amos Force, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris Thomas, Radio Operator: Ron Grey, Ball turret gunner: John McClusky, Waist gunner: Bill Klemm (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Harry Hagerty, Tail gunner: Jim Bennett (2 Returned to Duty); supercharger malfunction upset other engine settings, crashed Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, Sfk. UK, Salvaged. LITTLE BOY BLUE.



  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • Lawrence Barrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • 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...

  • Wilson Blattert

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

  • John Blatz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G #42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA). Died of...

  • Harold Brassfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzing' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

  • Melville Duff

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

  • Frank Farmer

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

  • August Franzetta

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Giurgevich

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Otis Ingebritsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 7 August 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 8 September 1943

388 BG
560 BS

Crashed Thurston, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 19 July 1944 – 19 July 1944

Supercharger malfunction caused the crash

Crashed on it's 90th mission


Date Contributor Update
13 June 2021 21:44:44 jmoore43 Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2017 21:25:06 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15758 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database