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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Ground personnel inspect the burning wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 388th Bomb Group near Metfield. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Burning B17 near 353FG base. 388BG - 11/43. Chamberlin's a/c?'

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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...

People

  • Charles Lail

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Charles Lail served as a bombardier with the 562nd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 #423505 when it was shot down and ditched in the North Sea. Lail was Killed in Action (KIA).

Locations

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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