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43-38933

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 14/10/44; Dow Fd 26/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 29/10/44; while on navigation exercise 17/5/45 with H.J. Cole, cp V. Ferguson, two navigators and two grounded crew, on as makeshift ttg and r/op (6 Killed in Action); crash landed Lands End, UK 31/5/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/11/45. WEARY WOLF aka DEAR MOM II.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Audis Barringer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Julius Conison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Landsberg on 9 Apr 45 in B-17 #448504

  • Harvey Frye

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Griffith

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    35 missions AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Jamison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    completed 35 missions 'Ready Maid'

  • Robert Joralemon

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

  • Kenneth LaPean

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Attached is a copy of radio operator's (Fred 'Moon' Price) diary. [Documents accompany database form. ] AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME/ National Defense/ WWII VM 1 Me262 (gun camera verifictation) [not provided]

  • Ernest Manning

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Nuremburg on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 #4338558

  • Charles McGehee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 766

    28 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

  • 791

    13 January 1945

  • 794

    15 January 1945

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Places

  • 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
Delivered Lincoln, NE 14 October 1944
Assigned Knettishall Airfield, UK 29 October 1944

388BG
561BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2020 01:37:23 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=43-38933&data...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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