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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 2/10/44; Dow Fd 23/10/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 25/10/44; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 7/1/46.



  • Joseph Brabham

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

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Cornelius Kelleher

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF.

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Sylvio Messitti

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group


  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log