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Perry E Lewellen


Assigned 8th AF June '44 - Dec. '44. Ours was a replacement crew - completed tour of combat. Arrived England about time of D-Day and back in states for Christmas. As a lead crew, think tour was 32 missions.

Lewellen remained with the US Air Force Reserves following the Second World War, he retired as a Lieutentant Colonel.

DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO


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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37795

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/9/43; Gr Island 22/9/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 24/9/43; retUS 121 BU Bradley 6/6/45; 4185 BU Independence 6/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/12/45.

  • 42-40043

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/11/43; Independence 30/11/43 and modified to be capable of carrying GB-4 guided bombs on underwing racks**, was assigned to secret 8AF Batty* Project at Fersfield, Norfolk. Summer of ’44 and operated by 388BG; Independence 30/11...

  • 44-8207

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/7/44; Langley 5/8/44; Grenier 29/8/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/44; 563BS; battle damaged Hamburg 31/12/44 with Wayne Davis, Maj Bill Harrell, Fred Dearing, Bill Stafford, Ed Van Every, Orvil Gough, Earl Jasper, Lt...


  • 515

    4 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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 Neoga, Illinois 14 September 1921
Assigned Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK June 1944 – December 1944

Assigned to 563rd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, 8AF USAAF.

Aphrodite mission Watten, France 4 August 1944

Flew as pilot for B-17G 42-40043 as navigation A/C on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site at Watten, France.

Returned Stateside United States December 1944

Returned USA, tour complete.

Post WWII 1946

Remained with the US Air Force Reserves following WWII, retired as a Lieutentant Colonel.


Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 13:25:30 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2015 12:01:49 Emily Changes to biography

Information provided by Perry e Lewellen's son Gary.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:21 AAM AAM ingest

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