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Richard E Gaspard


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 20 Feb 45 in B-17 'Miss Karenk' #448223


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


  • 42-97101

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Gt Falls 6/2/44; Dorval 9/2/44; Assigned RAF [HB-764]; transferred 8 AFSC 7/4/44; 388BG Knettishall 1/7/44; force landed Fouches, Lux? 9/11/44; Salvaged 28/11/44.

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-8223

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 15/7/44; Langley 14/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 20/9/44; Missing in Action Nurnberg 20/2/45 with Capt Ivan Woodburn, Capt Dick Gaspard, Edwin Kabcenell, Bob Nelson, Norman Lynn, Bob Hill (6 Prisoner of War);...

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 New York State
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 20 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12549 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database