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42-37867

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Gustav Hoehn, Navigator: Don Modarelli, Radio Operator: Byron Wiberg (wia, but died in hospital four days later), Ball turret gunner: Pete Zaskiewicz (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: George Owens, Bombardier: Lieudell Bauer evd but captured in Maastricht 31/3/44, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Rigdon, Waist gunner: Harlan Mann, Waist gunner: Ed Hincks, Tail gunner: Gerry Brinker (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zwolle sportsground avoiding town, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 3140. BERLIN AMBASSADOR.

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

  • Lieudell Bauer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37867 'Berlin Ambassador. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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...

  • Gerald Brinker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37867 'Berlin Ambassador. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Am w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 2 battle stars/ PH/ POW

  • Bernard Brooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He flew with Pilot Lt. Ray Cambell on 'Ray's Hell' The plane crashed in England but the crew escaped. DFC, purple heart, etc

  • Ray Campbell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Crabb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Hincks

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37867 'Berlin Ambassador. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Hoehn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Brunswick on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-37867 'Berlin Ambassador', Killed in Action. Crew bailed out, but Hoehn remained to avoid having a/c crash into city of Zwolle, Holland. A street in the city is named for him.

  • Myles Johns

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Kawalec

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

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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) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2021 23:05:17 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2021 18:00:44 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3140 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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