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Donald Edward Marble


Assigned to 561BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME..



  • Richard Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major

  • Paul Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G #42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW).

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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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30207 Big Red

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -T] Knettishall 14/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 27/3/44 with Julius Lederman, Co-pilot: Waite Law, Bombardier: John Luzell (3 Prisoner of War)...

  • 42-40054

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Kearney 24/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 8/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Capt Paul Brown, Bombardier: Rolland Gill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Joyce, Waist gunner: Elbert Moyer,Tail...

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 Flint, Michigan 17 July 1919

Son of Ellsworth and Emma D [Sniff] Marble.

Lived in Genesee County, MI, USA 1942
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 4 March 1942

Detroit, Michigan

388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 3 March 1944
Died 15 April 2010
Buried Flint Memorial Park Mount Morris, Genesee County, MI 19 April 2010

Flint Memorial Park
Mount Morris, Genesee County, Michigan


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24 November 2021 14:35:40 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

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10 December 2017 21:07:44 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:07:28 AAM AAM ingest

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