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Frederick E Dearing Jr


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207



  • John Brinegar

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions with the 388th BG between July 44 and Jan 45, the last 14 as lead pilot. Known to have flown on the following aircraft. ...

  • Wayne Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #448207

  • Herbert Moore

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 2 tours with the 388th BG. total of 45 missions. Air Medal w 6/Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC

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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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102434 Heaven's Above/Panhandle Kid

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval (Montreal) 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB783]; transferred USAAF 26/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 22/3/44; battle damaged Merseburg 28/9/44 with Elroy Gierach, Co-pilot: Percy Mead, Navigator: Harry Hobbs,...

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

  • 44-8207

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/7/44; Langley 5/8/44; Grenier 29/8/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/44; 563BS; battle damaged Hamburg 31/12/44 with Wayne Davis, Maj Bill Harrell, Fred Dearing, Bill Stafford, Ed Van Every, Orvil Gough, Earl Jasper, Lt...

  • 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);...

  • 44-8251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/7/44; Hunter 25/8/44; Grenier 16/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 19/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

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 Prairie Hill, TX, USA 21 December 1919
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 29 July 1944 – 31 December 1944

25 Combat Missions

Prisoner of war Borkum, Germany 31 December 1944

Shot Down by flak

Died Knoxville, TN, USA 6 March 1995
Buried Knoxville, TN, USA 10 March 1995

Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery • Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Section J Site 4378


Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 21:14:10 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 19:35:26 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 02:28:23 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 02:24:11 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman, page 288

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11241