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Riley F Bissonette

Military

Crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

Service

People

  • John Blatz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G #42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA). Died of...

  • Kenneth Eccleston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • William Marcario

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G 42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edwin Pfanner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G 42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Reed

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G 42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Marco Zumbolo

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-30184

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 9/6/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-Z] Thorpe Abbotts 10/6/43; detailed mission to Trondheim 24/7/43 with Curtis Biddick, rest unknown; crash landed at RAF Fraserburgh, Scotland, on return; Salvaged 5...

  • 42-30193 Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/6/43. ...

  • 42-30808

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388 Knettishall 4/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 23/3/44 with Don Filler, Co-pilot: Hugh Wetzel, Bombardier: Bill Findlay, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Rechlin, Ball turret...

  • 42-3262 Sweetheart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 SWEETHEART; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45; also named JEANNIE and WILSON'S WILDCATS.

  • 42-37810

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5/9/43; Gr Island 12/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; sal 1SAD 18/4/44; (?Ret US, force landed Newfoundland with Dave Schmidt 27/6/44?);

  • 42-37844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 19/9/43; Scott 26/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [E] Knettishall 10/10/43; on training flight Hethel, 24/11/43 with Riley Bissonette, Co-pilot: Clarry Willingham, Navigator: Tom Toolin, (3 Returned to Duty) pilot failed to extend...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Minnesota, USA 21 April 1921
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 24 April 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 14 January 1944

35 Combat Missions - 29 as co-pilot on the Kenneth Eccleston Crew and six as pilot of his own crew

Died Camarillo, CA, USA 15 August 1993

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2017 00:48:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, role, events, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1684371
http://death-records.mooseroots.com/?launch_filters=%5B%7B%22field%22%3A...
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-BIS04-...

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 01:46:49 Gary Bissonette Changes to awards
Sources

Gary F Bissonette corrected error on award selection. Removed Distinguished Service Cross and added Distinguished Flying Cross.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 01:44:36 Gary Bissonette Changes to awards
Sources

Riley F Bissonette's youngest son Gary F Bissonette. From Riley's war memorabilia. I am in procession of medals.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 21:51:00 Gary Bissonette Changes to media associations
Sources

Riley F Bissonette son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AccidentReports.com, Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 381 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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