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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43. Missing in Action Bordeaux 5 January 1944 with Pilot Norman P. Kempton, Navigator: Stanley A. Plytynski, Bombardier: William R. La Force, Radio Operator: Louis J. Mostardi, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Emil W. Taddeo, Tail gunner: Hamp B. Nicholson (6 evaded capture). Waist gunner: Ray Evtuch, Waist gunner: Joseph M. De Rouin (2 Prisoner of War). Co-pilot: Paul E. Davis, Ball turret gunner: Eldridge J. Saulter (2 Killed in Action). Battle damage KO’d #4, crashed Cartujac, near Saint-Laurent-et-Benon, 25km NW of Bordeaux, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3118. SIOUX CITY QUEEN.



  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Albright

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

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Wilson Blattert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Carmody

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Paul Davis was Co-Pilot on board of B-17 #42-5899 'Sioux City Queen', shot down 5 January 1944. ...

  • Joseph DeRouin

    Military | Private | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Joseph DeRouin was Left Waist hunner on board of B-17 #42-5899 'Sioux City Queen', shot down 5 January 1944. ...

  • Joseph Derouin

    Military | Private | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Melville Duff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Evtuch

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner/Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Raymond Evtuch was Waist gunner on board of B-17 #42-5899 'Sioux City Queen', shot down 5 January 1944. ...

  • Frank Farmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...


  • 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
Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 27 April 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 June 1943
First 388th BG Combat Mission 29303 Bergen, Germany 24 July 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) France 5 January 1944
Crashed 828, 829 Cartujac, 33112 Saint-Laurent-Médoc, France 5 January 1944

Shot down by fighters


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2021 13:44:51 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations

MACR 3118

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 00:59:59 jmoore43 Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 21:26:49 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and events
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database