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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gr Island 8/12/43; Romulus 14/12/43; Mitchell 17/12/43; Syracuse 26/12/43; Grenier 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [O] Knettishall 9/1/44; destroyed at Poltava with George Little 21/6/44. Salvaged. AQUILA.



  • 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


  • Edgar Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    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. Cunningham was injured.

  • Harry Hill

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Harry enlisted 01/21/1941 age 19. He attended Airplane Mechanics School ACTS Chanute Field, IL 11/11/1941. Promoted to Sergeant 02/01/1942. Completed bombardier school Roswell, NM & promoted to Flight Officer 05/28/1943. Promoted to Second Lt. 03/07...

  • Otis Ingebritsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • George Little

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Meginnies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Sande

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Tierney

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group


  • 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...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 25 November 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 9 January 1944

388 BG
560 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Brunswick, Germany 30 January 1944
Destroyed on Ground Poltava, Poltavs'ka oblast, Ukraine, 36000 21 June 1944

Destroyed on the ground by German bombers during a night attack.

Completed 50 combat missions


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2017 03:23:39 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 12:17:20 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Associated record of pilot mentioned in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log