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42-3505

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hill 14/7/43; Walla Walla 30/7/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 8/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Bob Maupin, Navigator: Floyd Cochran, Bombardier: Chas Lail, Radio Operator: Jerry Gregory, Ball turret gunner: Jim Riley, Waist gunner: Ray Baldwin,Tail gunner: Bob Mesang (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Zapp, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Donver Leslie, Waist gunner: Darby Bryant (3 Returned to Duty); mech fault, crashed North Sea, 35 miles off Yarmouth, Nfk. Missing Air Crew Report 3153.

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

  • Raymond Baldwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3505. Plane ditched in North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Darby Bryant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Floyd Cochran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-3505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Jerry Gregory

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #423505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Charles Lail

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Charles Lail served as a bombardier with the 562nd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 #423505 when it was shot down and ditched in the North Sea. Lail was Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis LeFevre

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot up by flak over the target and exploded and crashed near Uitgeest, Holland on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31115 'Hell's Bells'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Denver Leslie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 42-3505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Robert Maupin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #423505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Robert Mesang

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #423505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • James Riley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 42-3505. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 29 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3153 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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