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B-17 42-107198 after attack at Poltava, Ukraine, June 21-22, 1944. 388th BG, 562nd SG, Barry crew.



  • 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Barry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • James Crider

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Legea on 7/31/44 in B-17 #42102435 POW

  • Arnold Freed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Henry Hampton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Gordon Hoyt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Francis McIlwaine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • William Menger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Simon Paul

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • William Toles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer


  • 42-107198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; slated 303BG, Assigned 562BS/388BG [T] Knettishall 8/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Lt Barry 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.



Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 00:58:23 EBFreed Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations