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42-37844

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Scott 26/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [E] Knettishall 10/10/43; on training flight Hethel, 24/11/43 with Riley Bissonette, Co-pilot: Clarry Willingham, Navigator: Tom Toolin, (3 Returned to Duty) pilot failed to extend landing gear; repaired but eventually destroyed on ground by Luftwaffe at Poltava, Russia with Lt Ramsey 21/7/44; sal.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Riley Bissonette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • Albert Maxbauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 23 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38120 crashed SE of Borken, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Toolin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084 on mission to Bremen. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 24 November 1943 crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

  • Clarence Willingham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-17 #4230837 'Ole Basser. ' Evaded. Earlier 24 November 1943 crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • 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

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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