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James R Cyphers




  • Clarence Gridley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed W of Meppen, GR on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31194 'Duchess of Dixie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW; Air Medal & Purple Heart

Units served with

  • 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


  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-30829 The Princess Pat

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/8/43; Gr Isle 13/8/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 5/9/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Mike Moran, Co-pilot: Joe Karbin, Bombardier: Joe McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Perkins, Radio Operator: Joe...

  • 42-31194 Duchess of Dixie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/9/43; Gr Island 19/10/43; Memphis 26/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Clarry Grindley, Navigator: Bob Fanning, Bombardier: Don Mecum, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Parker...

  • 42-3295 Tech Supply / Wailuiku Maid

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Bangor 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 TECH SUPPLY; crash landed base ex-Pas De Calais 24/12/43, Salvaged 2/6/45. WAILUIKU MAID.

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Franklin County, TN 29 February 1920
Enlisted Chattanooga, TN 24 February 1941
388th BG Combat Tour Kenttishall Airfield, UK 29 November 1943 – 11 January 1944

Appears to have been wounded or fallen in. He was detached to the 2nd General Hospital

2nd General Hospital Patient Headington, UK 23 January 1944 – 6 February 1944
Lived in Chattanooga, TN 1945

35 Tunnel Blvd

Died Port Gibson, MS 27 April 1988
Buried Chattanooga National Cemetery, TN 30 April 1997

Chattanooga National Cemetery
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
LL, 704


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 03:21:01 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /