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  • Fred Brunty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Air Medal w /Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Gallien

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

  • Oliver Morris

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Palmer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Larry Parrish

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Robert Sanders

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Woodrow Wiggins

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Henry Woods

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

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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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31115 Hells Belles

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 25/10/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Jim Feeney - not found till 25/2/44, Radio Operator: Norman Kajut, Waist gunner: Marion Forbis, Tail gunner: Lou LeFevre ...

  • 42-31194 Duchess of Dixie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/9/43; Gr Island 19/10/43; Memphis 26/10/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Clarry Grindley, Navigator: Bob Fanning, Bombardier: Don Mecum, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Parker...

  • 42-31741 Thunderbolt/Hi Fever

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/1/44; Missing in Action Liege 25/5/44 with Capt Jim Zengerle, Co-pilot: Albt Millin, Navigator: Walt Travis, Bombardier: Capt Wayne Barnett,...

  • 42-37839 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ -D] Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Bernie Dopko, Co-pilot: Gene Krifka, Navigator: Glenn Cederstrom, Bombardier: Bill Kelly, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-193

    30 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements despatched to provide escort to B-17 bomber formations attackin at Bremen, Germany. The frist element is a combined force of 20 P38s from 55FG (including some from 20FG). 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

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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 Pomme de Terre, Minnesota 9 February 1919
Enlisted Jackson, MN 56143, USA 7 April 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 19 November 1943 – 16 March 1944
Died Fergus Falls, MN 56537, USA 11 October 2003
Buried Fergus Falls, MN 56537, USA 14 October 2003

Knollwood Memorial Gardens
Fergus Falls
Otter Tail County
Minnesota, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 04:56:53 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-C216&dat...

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2016 21:16:48 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-ISL01-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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