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Clifford Leroy Hanks


My father Clifford L. Hanks was a WWII hero. He flew 30 missions and was with the 388th out of Knettishall, England. Iccky Poo was is plane. He was awarded six clusters and two DFC's. He was a member of The Lucky Bastard's Club. He flew the Berlin Airlift. He retired from Beale AFB, California and was a Lt. Colonel at the time of retirement.


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


  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

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 Clarinda, Iowa 22 October 1919
Died Orangevale, California 30 May 1996


Date Contributor Update
19 March 2018 01:03:07 Hanks Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events

I am Cliff's daughter, Debby. I am 66 years old.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:29 AAM AAM ingest

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