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44-8146

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Boozer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    The person with this name and birth/death dates buring at Fort Bliss National Cemetery is listed as "Master Sergeant - US Army" on his headstone. Boozer is wearing Captain's bars in his photo. This birth and death date may well be for the wrong ...

  • Joseph Brabham

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Dearing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Gauthier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Goodman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Cornelius Kelleher

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF.

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Sylvio Messitti

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 658

    2 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 662FE

    3 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

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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 Dallas, TX, USA 20 June 1944
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 9 September 1944

388 BG
562 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Mainz, Germany 27 September 1944
Final 388th BG Combat Mission 86899 Landsberg am Lech, Germany 21 April 1945

Completed 36 combat missions plus 5 food supply missions to Amsterdam

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2020 18:04:09 466thHistorian Changes to production block number
Sources

Corrected block number

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 23:26:50 466thHistorian Changes to markings
Sources

Corrected markings

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2017 02:37:18 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=44-8146&data...
B-17 Flying Fortess Story - Roger Freeman
page 287

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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