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44-8207

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 10/7/44; Langley 5/8/44; Grenier 29/8/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/44; 563BS; battle damaged Hamburg 31/12/44 with Wayne Davis, Maj Bill Harrell, Fred Dearing, Bill Stafford, Ed Van Every, Orvil Gough, Earl Jasper, Lt Norman Isaacs radio nav, Jerry Janis, Lt Don Sachs tg (10 Prisoner of War); flak, ditched off Borkum, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11241.

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

  • Johnnie Colburn

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Wayne Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Dearing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207

  • Jack Gauthier

    Military | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Orvil Gough

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Harrell

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Norman Isaacs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #44-8207. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jerry Janis

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

  • Earl Jasper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207

  • Loren Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    30 missions from 11 August 1944 to 7 April 1945, 21 missions as lead crew DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 709

    10 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 738

    5 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Dallas, TX 10 July 1944
Assigned Knettishall Airfield, UK 2 November 1944

388BG
562BS

later transferred to the 563rd BS

Failed to Return (FTR) North Sea near Borkum, Germany 31 December 1944

Ditched

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2020 00:57:22 466thHistorian Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=44-8207&dataT...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2020 00:57:10 466thHistorian Changes to manufacturer, markings, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=44-8207&dataT...
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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