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42-38177

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 10/1/44; Grenier 24/1/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -H] Knettishall 14/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Gus Christiani, Navigator: Leon Levy, Bombardier: Ray Newark, Waist gunner: Bill Kline, Waist gunner: Bill Pope (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Clarry Farrington, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sal Ciaccio, Radio Operator: Bill Mayne, Ball turret gunner: Rupert Smith, Tail gunner: John Griscom (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed in swamp at Neu-Ringer, 14 miles N of Nordhorn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3091. SHACK RABBITS.

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

  • 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...

  • Salvatore Ciaccio

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Augustine Cristiani

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Farrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Killed in Action (KIA) Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • John Griscom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Kline

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR.

  • Leonard Levy

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Mayne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Raymond Newark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Newmark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak after falling out of formation on the return flight from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38177 'Shack Rabbits' crashed N of Nordham, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 02:21:12 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3091 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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