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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 Flying Fortresses on missions over occupied Europe. The Group also sent the 560th Bomb Squadron to Fersfield to fly Aphrodite missions. This involved crews flying full-loaded but worn-out B-17s to the edge of the British mainland before baling out and allowing a crew in another aircraft to radio-control the B-17 into the intended target. On one occasion the crew were unable to control the B-17 and it crashed at Sudbourne Park, Suffolk, leaving a crater 100 feet across.

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  • Robert Abar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107061 'Peg Of My Heart', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Abigt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group
    Fred Abigt was aboard B-17 #44-8302 as a photographer when it crashed on 9 November 1944 near Hern, Germany. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Corporal at the time of his capture but by the end of the war he held the higher rank of...

  • Charles Albright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Andrea Alcarese

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harry Allert

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Crew Chief | 388th Bomb Group
    Bronze Star, DUC, EAME

  • Allan Amann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by 20mm shells from ME109s on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8-Mar-44, B-17 42-30340 'Screamin Red Ass' crashed West of Magdeburg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3079 Awards: PH.

  • Irvin Amarnick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 563BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Ambuhl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Obergailach on 5 Jan 45 in B-17 'Little Joe Jr' #42-97112, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ivar Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. In B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva' fatally crash landed on edge of field, Ludbrook Farm, Ermington, Devon 26-Aug-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH, EAME (2 Battle stars), American Campaign, Good conduct.

  • Jack Anderson

    Military | Corporal (Technician Fifth Grade) | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed On Duty

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  • 41-9129

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; slated 388BG, transferred 97BG Polebrook 8/42; 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Bovingdon 9/42; 305BG Grafton Underwood 6/11/42; 96BG Snetterton 11/8/43; 388BG Knettishall 11/8/43 as t/t & hack; Salvaged 22/6/45.

  • 42-102433 - Hitler's Headache

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Production Block : B-17-G-50-BO ...

  • 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,...

  • 42-102435 Double Wallop

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB784]; transferred USAAF 31/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 1/7/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jim Crider, Co-pilot: Fred Gordon, (no Nav), Bombardier: Bill Stewart, Flight...

  • 42-102485 Bare Essentials

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 12/5/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Art Codding, Co-pilot: Roger Withers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Berg, Radio Operator: Clyde Waite,...

  • 42-102488

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall; with Irving Sainsbury, Co-pilot: John Mehner, Navigator: George Scanlon, Bombardier: Gerald Frost, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bradick, Radio...

  • 42-102493

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 21/3/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Bangor 25/5/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/5/44; battle damaged en route Poltava 21/6/44 with ?; force landed France; re-ass 49BS/2BG Amendola, It; taxi accident with RAF aircraft...

  • 42-102559

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 8/4/44 STAR DUST; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with ?; force landed Thionville A/fd, Fr; Salvaged 9/3/45. MY TRUE LOVE.

  • 42-102589

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 30/4/44; On a local flight 9/7/44 with Doug McArthur, Co-pilot: Stamos Zades, Navigator: George Mille, Bombardier: Chas Meyer, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-102626

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 17/4/44; Grenier 26/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/5/44 THE WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45. (battle damaged Bischofsheim, Ger 13/1/45 with ?;...

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Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 09:02:07 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Connected aircraft records that have Knettishall in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)