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42-40054

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Kearney 24/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 8/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Capt Paul Brown, Bombardier: Rolland Gill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Joyce, Waist gunner: Elbert Moyer,Tail gunner: Bill Mocario (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Capt George Job, Navigator: John DuPrey, Radio Operator: John Blatz{died in pow hospital from injuries and severe burns 18/3/44}, Ball turret gunner: Edwin Pfanner, Waist gunner: Walter Reed, obs-Lt Joe Lechowski (6 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with 42-37886 (388BG); crashed Schoonberkerveld, SE of Emmen, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 3092.

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

  • 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...

  • John Blatz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John DuPrey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 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). ...

  • John Duprey

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Holland Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • George Job

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of 561st Bomb Squadron. 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,...

  • Roy Joyce

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Lechowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Donald Marble

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1184863

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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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3092 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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