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William Lloyd Tobin

Military

Flew 17 missions as co-pilot for Frank Kelley (3 missions) and Richard Bailey (14 missions)
Flew 11 missions as pilot leading his own crew

Service

People

  • George Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Richard Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major

  • Francis Baird

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

  • James Deal

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

  • Earl Hogan

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

  • Frank Kelley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Henry Koeth

    Military | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Maziarz

    Military | Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • George Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #423414 'Paddlefoot. ' Plane ditched into Mediterranean Sea. Returned to base.

  • Peter Schou

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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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

  • 42-30205 Battlin' Betsy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on non-operational flight 13/10/43 crashed just off runway; with Rodney Due, Co-pilot: Pete Musulin, Navigator: Fred Bergman,...

  • 42-30207 Big Red

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -T] Knettishall 14/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 27/3/44 with Julius Lederman, Co-pilot: Waite Law, Bombardier: John Luzell (3 Prisoner of War)...

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 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?);

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 92

    7 September 1943
    Two German airfields, one at Brussels, Begium and the other at Bergen, Holland, and the V-Weapons sites around Watten, France are the primary targets for this mission. ...

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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 California, USA 22 February 1923
Lived in Marin County, CA, USA 1942
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 13 January 1942
Died Redlands, CA, USA 26 January 1996
Buried San Rafael, CA, USA 29 January 1996

Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery
San Rafael
Marin County
California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.00221, -122.53961

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 20:44:01 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-TOB02-...

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2017 21:34:23 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://death-records.mooseroots.com/?launch_filters=%5B%7B%22field%22%3A...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1659659
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-TOB02-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:29 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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