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Irwin Wolf Boxer


Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah'




  • Ralph Kittle

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 March 1945 in B-17 #4297542. Lost 2 engines, jettisoned bombs, lost 3rd engine headed for Russian Territory. Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW/ DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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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
  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-106989 "Miss Adventure"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/1/44; MacDill 14/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [Y] Knettishall 28/2/44; on mission to Liege 25/5/44 with Tracy Breed, Co-pilot: Don Duclos, Navigator: Harry Kroneberger, Bombardier: Charles Larsen, Flight engineer...

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97542 City of Savannah

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Rochester 11/1/44; Langley 13/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 25/1/44; transferred 413BS/96BG [MZ-B] Snetterton 26/1/44; 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/1/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 5/3/45 with Ralph Kittle, John Watkins,...

  • 43-38385

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-6102

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/12/45. CICERO KID.

  • 44-6106 Gremlin's Hideout

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted: 2 May 1944 ...

  • 44-6574

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 17/9/44; Grenier 1/10/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 3/10/44; Missing in Action Neuburg 9/4/45 with Rex Berwick, Earl Glancy, Nick Iannelli, Morris Thompson (4 Killed in Action);Warren Perkins, Lorenzo Arthur, Bob Hancock, Leroy...

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 San Francisco, California, USA 1924
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 31 August 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 October 1944 – 5 April 1945

8 missions with Merrill
15 missions with Kittle

Shot Down/Captured 358 01 Kraslice, Czechia 5 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 00:43:51 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database