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Lester Hess Crew
388th BG - 561st Bomb Squadron

Standing Left to Right: Maurice A. Foley (TG), James Stroeher (N), Lester Hess (P), Robert Hodgen (CP), Eli Klein (R/O)

Sitting Left to Right: Cawthon Perdue (TOG), Herbert E. Fisher (BTG), Gerlald W. Howard (FE/TT), Charles P. Rice (WG)

The Hess Crew flew 34 combat missions. Perdue flew about 1/2 of those. There were various toggliers that flew the balance of the missions.

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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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herbert Fletcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Maurice Foley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • Lester Hess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Robert Hodgen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Gerald Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner

  • Eli Klein

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Cawthon Perdue

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Gunner
    Retired from the USAF as CMSGT

  • Charles Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner

  • James Stroeher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Completed 34 combat missions, 2 food missions and 3 missions returning displaced persons. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 00:49:25 466thHistorian Changes to caption
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388th BGA

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 00:43:11 466thHistorian Changes to caption
Sources

388th BG Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 00:37:09 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

388th BG.info

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