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George Henry Bartuska


Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel



  • Richard Bailey

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

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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


  • 42-107061 Peg O' My Heart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/2/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Laon 8/5/44 with Searl Pickett, Co-pilot: Bob Roan, Navigator: Bob Shields, Bombardier: Mervin Jacobs, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Abar (5...

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 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)...

  • 42-3548 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/7/43; Scott 9/8/43; Assigned 563BS/385BG [ -X] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Dick Davis, Navigator: Leroy Coy (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Cooper, Bombardier: Ed Barwikowski, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37724

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 10/8/43; Walla Walla 15/8/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-Z] Thurleigh 20/9/43; transferred Air Force Service Comd 2/5/44; retUS 4136 BU Tinker 14/8/44; 3022 BU Indian Springs 2/9/44; with Joe Schmidt force landed base 5/1/45; 3021 BU Las Vegas...

  • 42-39866

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Presque Is 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ –P] Knettishall 14/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Russell Boyce, Bombardier: Jack Graves, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin Leitz,...

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 Whiting, IN, USA 16 July 1919
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 24 September 1941

Fort Benjamin Harrison

388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 24 July 1943 – 25 June 1944
WIA Paris, France 9 September 1943

The briefed route was followed to the IP when our lead bombardier (Lt. Bartuska) was hit by flak and unable to complete the bomb run on the Primary target. There was cloud cover over the secondary target which was the Beaumont/Sur Olao Airfield with bombing results being poor.

Died Alpine, TX, USA 28 March 1989
Buried Alpine, TX, USA 1 April 1989

Elm Grove Cemetery • Alpine, Brewster County, Texas, USA


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 22:05:50 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:39 AAM AAM ingest

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