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Harry Aloysius McKenna Jr

Military

Must have been one of only a handful of 8th AF bomber crew who flew missions in 1943,1944 and 1945.
Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel after serving in WW2, Korea and Vietnam

Service

People

  • William Brenner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Walter Button

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Warren Fisk

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Kellenyi

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    After enlisting in the Army Air Corps in March 1943 and earning his degree in Architecture from Catholic University he was accepted at Flight School. Flight training was completed at bases in Florida, Ohio and Arkansas. He received orders to pilot a B...

  • Norman Kempton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5899 'Sioux City Queen'. ...

  • George Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, AF USAAF. Pilot B-17 42-30793 (mission navigation support) on Aphrodite [remote controlled flying bomb] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-Aug-44. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Daniel Orlitzki

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rollen Phillips

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Sande

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31126

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/9/43; Harvard 9/10/43; Wilmington 12/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 23/12/43; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall /44; Bombardier: Lt Mike Chaklos (KIA-pilot was Ingebritsen) 5/1/44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 20/2/44 with...

  • 42-31393

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [N] Knettishall 14/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Don Walker (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Claud Patat, Navigator: Bill Underwood, Bombardier: Jack Terry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-37819

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Scott 7/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Len Tobias, Co-pilot: Walt Yurkurtat, Navigator: Herb Gotha, Bombardier: Alf Hano (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37849 'MISS FORTUNE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 30/9/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; damaged in taxi accident with Ken Kuehl 15/2/45; sal 31/5/45. MISS FORTUNE.

  • 42-37878 Millie K

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Grand Island 20/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [S] Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 28/9/44 with Lester Frawley, Co-pilot: Ray Klinke, Navigator: Harry Bouten, Bombardier: Paul Kaufman, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-5899 Sioux City Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/4/43; Sioux City 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43. Missing in Action Bordeaux 5 January 1944 with Pilot Norman P. Kempton, Navigator: Stanley A. Plytynski, Bombardier: William...

  • 44-6629

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 27/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/44; Missing in Action Nurnberg 20/2/45 with Joe Ellis, Bill Seat, George Bartnik, Wayne Elkin togg, Walt Paskon, March Golash, Don Karle, John Strasen spot jammer, Glenn...

  • 44-8278

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 29/7/44; Cheyenne 2/8/44; Hunter 4/9/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 6/9/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/1/45 with ?; crash landed Abbeville, Fr; 9RTD; Salvaged 28/1/45.

  • 44-8301

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 3/8/44; Palm Springs 10/8/44; Hunter 15/9/44; Grenier 21/9/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 23/9/44; in base landing accident with Roland Sears 15/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 27/6/45; Sth Plains 17/7/45; Reconstruction...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St. Louis, MO 31 October 1922
Enlisted Newark, NJ 11 March 1942
1st 388th BG Combat Tour Kenttishall Airfield, UK 26 November 1943 – 4 June 1944

37 combat missions

2nd 388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 3 October 1944 – 13 January 1945

8 combat missions

Died 15 October 1996
Buried 24 October 1996

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec: 60, Site: 6375

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2020 02:06:04 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

Corrected dates

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2020 02:04:57 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, biography and events
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=7529741&...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=3738607...
https://ancexplorer.army.mil/publicwmv/#/arlington-national/search/resul...

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2020 01:44:28 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-MCK05-01&da...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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