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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8850) of the 388th Bomb Group.



  • 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...


  • 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).


  • 44-8850 Humms Bumms

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 7/2/45; Dow Fd 19/2/45; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 21/2/45;RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:58 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection