Raymond Bernard Klinke

Military

Object Number - UPL 50150 - Raymond B. Klinke: Flew with the 560th Squadron, part of the 388thBombardment Group

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen in B-17 'Millie K' 42-3787; baled out near Saalfeld, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9376

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36172936
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-817191
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32645947 / T-002519
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Millie K
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 560th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Chicago, IL 13 February 1919 Son of Gustav Adolph Klinke.

Enlisted

Chicago, IL 2 December 1943 Chicago, Illinois

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 28 September 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Other

Baled out POW

Altenkiirchen, Germany 28 September 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen in B-17 'Millie K' 42-3787; baled out near Saalfeld, Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9376

Based

Prisoner of War (POW)

Knettishall 28 September 1944 Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date27 May 2021 17:10:22
ContributorRBKlinke
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Correct George for Milly K Crew.

Date27 May 2021 17:09:37
ContributorRBKlinke
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correct person according to picture

Date27 May 2021 17:08:48
ContributorRBKlinke
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You have listed a George Zuce and a George Zeece. I believe the only person in my dad's group was spelled Zeece.

Date27 May 2021 17:07:44
ContributorRBKlinke
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Selected wrong person for connections

Date26 May 2021 17:20:55
ContributorRBKlinke
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This was the crew of the Milly K on September 28, 1944. Ray's 6th mission to Mersberg, Germany. (Oil Refinery) 1,000 bombers involved, 33 from the 388th Bob Group. Milly K shot down and all crew survived, only 1 wounded.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9376 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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