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42-31253

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Isle 22/10/43; Romulus 28/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 24/4/44 with Bob McWhite, Co-pilot: Harry Olmstead, Navigator: Martin Cullen, Bombardier: Herb Scott, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Winn, Radio Operator: Walter Long, Ball turret gunner: George Wright, Waist gunner: Carroll Roth, Waist gunner: Lou Thompson,Tail gunner: Ron Honeyman (10 Prisoner of War); flak KOd #3 and #2, crashed Ehrensberg 12 miles W of Memmingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4289.

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

  • Chester Cox

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Brigadier General

  • Martin Cullen

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vernon Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Fanning

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    There is some mystery here as to why Fanning was flying a mission on 6 March 1944 when his tour apparently ended in December 1943. The 388th BG website lists a "R.W. Fanning" as the navigator for the Gridley Crew on 6 March 1944, however the WW2 POW...

  • Earl Garey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Ronald Honeyman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Long

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert McWhite

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in B-17 42-30793 Ellough, Norfolk, on return from a mission. 11/4/44. Shot down 24 April 1944 Freidrichshafen mission in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Olmstead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carroll Roth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231253. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4289 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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