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Charles A Bein


Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31084, Killed in Action (KIA).

AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Kenneth Eccleston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Adalbert Porter

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4230209. Plane crashed into North Sea. RTD. Shot down 9 September 1943 in B-17 #4230362 'Wee Bonnie II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30193 Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/6/43. ...

  • 42-31084

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Ken Eccleston, Co-pilot: Pete Schou, Navigator: John Dorsett, Bombardier: Tom Tollin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Molinari, Radio...

  • 42-32004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 9/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Joe Patrick, Bombardier: Andy Vuksta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rick Rarick, Radio Operator: Erroll Bingham,...

  • 42-5095

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Geiger 26/9/43; Assigned 541BS/383BG Pierre 16/12/42; on 29/1/43 ground looped with Harry Mullen; rep. to Rapid City 15/2/43; Portland 13/6/43; McChord 8/7/43; 243 BU Gt Bend 20/6/44; 232 BU Dalhart 16/7/44; 273 BU Lincoln 9/1/45; 241 BU...


  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 89

    2 September 1943
    This mission was composed of five elements. The first element was combined force 55 B-17s despatched from: 92BG; 305BG, and 306BG to bomb German airfields in NW France. The mission is recalled due to weather and the bombers return without dropping...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

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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 Davenport, Iowa, USA 17 October 1918
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 15 August 1943 – 20 December 1943

2 missions with Adelbert Porter
1 mission with Lewis Miller
19 missions with Ken Eccleston

Killed in Action (KIA) Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Flak at the Target area was very intense and every plane suffered battle damage. Lt. Eccleston, in a/c 42-31084, was lost due to this flak; and, when last seen at 1212 hours, he was going down with his bomb bay doors open and on fire.

Buried 1945

Tablets of The Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial • Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire,


Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 22:00:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 03:18:33 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:24 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC; MACR 3154 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database