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42-39866

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 23/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Presque Is 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ –P] Knettishall 14/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Russell Boyce, Bombardier: Jack Graves, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin Leitz, Radio Operator: John Turpen, Ball turret gunner: Norman Hubbert, Waist gunner: Ken Ernester,Tail gunner: Alf Japhen (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Darrell Hornsby, Navigator: Emmett Lawless (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 and #3, crashed Rottendorf, N of Rossleben, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7820.

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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bartuska

    Military | Major | Bombardier/Lead Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Russell Boyce

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf in B-17 #4239866

  • Harold Brassfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37886 'Blitzing' Betsy' was severely damaged by attacks from several FW190s causing it to collide with another 388th B-17, exploding in mid-air and crashing near Emmen,...

  • Chester Cox

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

  • Willis Eddy

    Military | Captain | Navigator/Squadron Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Ernster

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

  • Jack Graves

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf in B-17 #4239866

  • Darrel Hornsby

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf on 7/29/44 in B-17 #4239866 POW

  • Norman Hubbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 29 July 1944 Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf in B-17 #4239866 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Alfred Japhet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 29 July 1944 Shot down by fighters and crashed at Rottendorf in B-17 #4239866 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 15:43:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Information sent by Dick Read relating to Arthur M. Read and the 388th Bomb Group. (From 'The 388th At War' by Ed Huntzinger).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7820 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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