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Crew of the 560th BS, 388th BG, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Pride of the Yanks”. England, 9-6-44.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A46059-61451AC
Standing L-R: 1Lt Raleigh E Brown [Edwardsville Kansa], T/Sgt Robert A Hughes [Waterloo, Iowa], S/Sgt James K Bell [Muneie, Indiana], S/Sgt Frank L Erickson [Beresford SD], S/Sgt Charles F Tower [Walker Missouri], T/Sgt Arthur W Schumacher [Cacher Ohio], S/Sgt Dale R Payton [Lynwood CA].
Kneeling L-R: 2Lt Charles P Moore [Ottawa Kansas], F/O Robert Gorman [Detrooit Michigan], Lt Joseph P Andrecheck [Mohawk, NY].

42-32004 - 60 missions - MIA on 20 june 44 (mission to Magdeburg).



  • 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


  • Joseph Andrecheck

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot
    Command pilot Aphrodite drone B-17 42-30212, mission to V1 missile site Watten, France. 6-8-44. Baled out successfully over UK.

  • James Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Raleigh Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

  • Frank Erickson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Robert Gorman

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator

  • Robert Hughes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Charles Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    32 years in the air force. Also served in Korea and Vietnam. DFC w/ 7 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 13 Oak Leaf Cluster/ WW II VM/ EAME

  • Dale Payton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Arthur Schumacher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Charles Tower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner


  • 42-32004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 9/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Joe Patrick, Bombardier: Andy Vuksta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rick Rarick, Radio Operator: Erroll Bingham,...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 15:28:02 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 15:09:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations