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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/11/43; Aphrodite Project, hit by Flak and crashed on secondary target Herford, Germany, 5/12/44. Command crew Lts T H Barton & F E Bruno baled out over UK. 5/12/44.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...


  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

  • Frank Bruno

    Military | First Lieutenant | 388th Bomb Group


  • 739

    5 December 1944


  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 4 November 1943

Assigned 388th BG Knettishall 4/11/43.

Crashed Haldorf, 34295 Ederm√ľnde, Germany 5 December 1944

Aphrodite Project, primary target [Herford marshalling yards] not located due to cloud cover, so directed at alternate target of Haldorf, Germany. Hit by Flak and crashed south of town. 5/12/44.


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07 January 2016 20:40:50 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations

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