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Airmen of the 388th Bomb Group climb aboard their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30793) nicknamed "Tom Paine" before a mission. Written on slide casing: 'Tom Paine.'



  • 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...


  • 42-30793 'Tom Paine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...


  • 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...

  • Thetford

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 10:22:53 jrugman Changes to place associations

Page 88, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:37:14 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection