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42-37819

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Scott 7/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Len Tobias, Co-pilot: Walt Yurkurtat, Navigator: Herb Gotha, Bombardier: Alf Hano (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Eldridge{injured spine on landing}, Radio Operator: Neal McIntyre, Ball turret gunner: Fred Albers, Waist gunner: Lou Markson, Waist gunner: Joe Pikor,Tail gunner: John Filipowski (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set off explosion in radiao room and ship[ crashed Krugerhorst at Mieste, 12 miles NE of Helmstedt A/fd, 30 miles NE of Brunswick, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3087.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frederick Albers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37819 crashed NE of Brunswick, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Brooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    He flew with Pilot Lt. Ray Cambell on 'Ray's Hell' The plane crashed in England but the crew escaped. DFC, purple heart, etc

  • Ray Campbell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Carmody

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • William Crabb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Melville Duff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Eldridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37819 crashed NE of Brunswick, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Farmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Filipowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37819 crashed NE of Brunswick, GR. 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 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3087 / MACR 3088 / MACR 3148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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