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562nd Bomb Squadron



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  • 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...

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  • Manuel Ackerman

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Adamy

    Military | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Alfred Addeo

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Ahern

    Military | Private First Class | Airplane Mechanic | 388th Bomb Group

  • Eino Alander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed W of Meppen, Germany on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31194 'Duchess of Dixie'. Killed in Action. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Roland Allard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Was co-pilot on Kneemeyer's crew. When his 26 mission tour as a pathfinder crew was completed they named the plane 'Amen'. Because a pathfinder only flew in cloudy weather it took them longer to get to 26 missions. ...

  • Harry Allert

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

  • Jerome Alperin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed at St Maclou on 7/8/44 in B-17 'Gyndia' #4231802 POW

  • Henry Alvarez

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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  • 42-102433 - Hitler's Headache

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

  • 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,...

  • 42-102696 'Midge'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Dow Fd 2/5/44; Assigned 562/388BG Knettishall 05/23/44 for combat. used on Aphrodite training project; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 18/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-102946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/5/44; Missing in Action Krzesinki 29/5/44 with Ray Callahan, Co-pilot: Gene Kivett, Navigator: Jim Russell, Bombardier: John Gerson, Flight engineer/top...

  • 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;...

  • 42-107085 Little Chum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Gene Creagh (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Capt Lucian Taylor, Navigator: Don Nicholson, Bombardier: Mitch...

  • 42-107160 Little Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/3/44. Kearney 22/3/44. Grenier 6/4/44. Assigned 562BS/388BG [S] Knettishall 20/4/44. Missing in Action Berlin 19 May 1944 with William T. White, Co-pilot: Charles A. Ludwig, Navigator: John D. Bowser, Bombardier: John Pakiz, Flight...

  • 42-107198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; slated 303BG, Assigned 562BS/388BG [T] Knettishall 8/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Lt Barry 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-30177 Charlene

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...

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Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 14:10:33 rlhengg Changes to type and aircraft types

388th Bomb Group Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)