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Manuel Anthony Head


Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 39 x missions. Also flew 2 x 'Chowhound' missions to Holland, as well as flying military VIP's from Paris to England for Gen Eisenhower.

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Consultant engineer for Westinghouse Electric Co. during the design and construction of the Nautilus and the Seawolf nuclear powered submarines. Also flew military aircraft for the Air National Guard, training in C-47 transport and P-51 fighter airplanes, and was promoted to Captain in the Air Force Reserves.



  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Crossin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Mission to Brux, Czech 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva', attacked by Me410 'Black 13' of of II./ZG26 piloted by Lt Paul Kaschuba. T/Sgt Crossin got hits on the target from his top turret as 'Black 13' banked...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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


  • 42-97184 'Lady Godiva'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD,...


  • 353

    12 May 1944

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...


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Born New Orleans, LA, USA 18 September 1922

Son of Llewellyn Dearing and Ethel Maria [Martinez] Head.

Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 14 June 1941
Based Knettishall 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crash landed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK 12 June 1944

Crash landed at 1 Strategic Air Depot 12-Jun-44.

Died Palo Alto, CA, USA 14 February 2014
Buried Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, USA March 2014

Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose,
Santa Clara County, CA


Date Contributor Update
03 April 2018 19:21:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:33 AAM AAM ingest

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