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Robert Franklin Grove




  • Russell Boyce

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf in B-17 #42-39866, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Tracy Breed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    RTD. B-17G #42-106989 'Miss Adventure'.

  • William Brunk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Plane destroyed, two crew wounded. Poltava, Ukraine on shuttle DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon

  • Harry Joho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Vincent Sundstrom

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42107076. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30340 Dry Run, Screamin' Red Ass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Field 25/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Alan Amman, Co-pilot: Don Wollard, Navigator: Bill Pierson, Navigator: Ralph Diederich, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-30625 Joho's Jokers

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Amarillo 1/7/43; Love 4/7/43; Dallas 19/7/43; Kingman 6/8/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; Salvaged n/battle damaged 15/7/45. JOHO'S JOKERS.

  • 42-31176

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/9/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 24/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/4/44 with George Gwin, Co-pilot: Chas Dunfee, Navigator: Wilbur Minnich, Bombardier: Bob Reis, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-31242 Patty Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Gt Falls 23/10/43. ...

  • 42-37773 Full House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/8/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Rougham 10/10/43; transferred 563BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Webster Bull, Co-pilot: Leavitt Hobbs (body recovered 11//2/44), Navigator: Albt Bendix, Bombardier:...

  • 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)...

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 Pittsburgh, PA, USA 13 September 1922
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1 July 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 2 September 1943 – 28 May 1944

Grove appears to have flown extra missons, tallying 32 completed combat missions, including 14 with the Joho Crew and 7 with the E.C. Nelson Crew

Died 5 July 1974
Buried Darien, CT, USA 8 July 1974

Spring Grove Cemetery • Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2017 01:37:33 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:27 AAM AAM ingest

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