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Otis Carroll Ingebritsen




  • Charles Allred

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Carson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Michael Chaklos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) by flak in the target area Bordeaux/Merignac, FR on 5 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31126. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Gajewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Grannis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Meginnies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rensler Pomeroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Pross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Hubert Windham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30195 Blind Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; [66m] crashed on take off for Bohlen oil depot 7/10/44 with Harry Resch, Co-pilot: Jim Fraser, Navigator: George Miner,...

  • 42-30214 'IZA ANGEL II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall [ -M] 26/6/43; Missing in Action Gdynia 9/10/43 with Henry Nagorka, John Leverone, Mike Mahoney, Francis Antalek, Bill Caruso, John...

  • 42-30215

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 8/5/43;Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Osnabruck 11/1/44 with Lou Carpentier, Co-pilot: Don Davidson, Navigator: George Dustin,...

  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...

  • 42-30851 Little Boy Blue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [H] Knettishall 8/9/43; on assembly for Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Walt Malaniak, Co-pilot: Aaron Brinkoeter, Navigator: Leo Ramos, Bombardier: Amos Force, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-31126

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/9/43; Harvard 9/10/43; Wilmington 12/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 23/12/43; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall /44; Bombardier: Lt Mike Chaklos (KIA-pilot was Ingebritsen) 5/1/44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 20/2/44 with...

  • 42-31577 Aquila

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gr Island 8/12/43; Romulus 14/12/43; Mitchell 17/12/43; Syracuse 26/12/43; Grenier 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [O] Knettishall 9/1/44; destroyed at Poltava with George Little 21/6/44. Salvaged. AQUILA.

  • 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.

  • 42-3555 Tiger Girl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/7/43; Grand Island 10/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Pilot: 1st Lt George Branham, Co-pilot: Capt Jerome Davidson, Bombardier: Ernie Shero, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob...


  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    18 October 1943
    This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

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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 Greenwood, WI 14 January 1918
Lived in Madison, WI 16 October 1940

523 West Mifflin Street

388th BG Combat Tour 26 September 1943 – 13 February 1944
Engineer for NASA Hampton, VA 1947 – 1976

NASA Langley Research Center

Graduated University Madison, WI June 1947

University of Wisconsin
Electrical Engineering

Died Yorktown, VA 12 August 2009

Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - August 16, 2009
Deceased Name: Otis C. Ingebritsen
YORKTOWN - Otis Carroll Ingebritsen, 91, passed away Aug. 12, 2009. Otis was a native of Wisconsin. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air Force as a B-17 pilot. He was decorated for extraordinary achievement on 25 heavy bombardment missions. Awards include an Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in engineering. He came to Virginia in 1947 to work for NASA until his retirement in 1976. Otis enjoyed tennis, woodworking, computers and videography. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Otis was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Otis is survived by his wife Josephine of 56 years; a son, Kris Ingebritsen of Seaford; a daughter, Ann Morse and her husband John of Chesapeake; a sister, Ethel Lee of Ohio; and four grandchildren, Amber, Tara and Damon Ingebritsen and Jack Morse.

Friends are invited to join the family at the MRA Building today from 4 to 6 p.m. for a celebration of his life. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Carleton Bakkum officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service in the church social hall.

Buried Yorktown, VA 18 August 2009

Grace Episcopal Churchyard
Yorktown, York County, Virginia, USA


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