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42-31137

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG (W) Knettishall 14/10/43; Missing in Action Poznan 9/4/44 with Irving Abramowitz, Co-pilot: Bill Manifold, Navigator: Albt Buckley, Bombardier: Jan Begg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Langston, Radio Operator: Leroy Neely, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Jones, Waist gunner: Paul Sorensen, Waist gunner: Larry Shroyer,Tail gunner: John Price (10INT); flak, force landed Kalmar, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 3654. Ret UK 11/7/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 16/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 19/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. CLASSY CHASSY.

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

  • Irving Abramowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31137 'Classy Chassy'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Jan Begg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Albert Buckley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • George Langston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 42-31137 'Classy Chassy. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • William Manifold

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

  • Leroy Neely

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

  • John Price

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

  • Lawrence Shroyer

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

  • Paul Sorenson

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

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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 Cheyenne, WY 24 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall Airfield, UK 14 October 1943

388BG
563BS

Force Landed/Interned Kalmar, Sweden 9 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2020 05:53:54 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31137&data...

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2020 05:50:37 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2020 05:50:26 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3654 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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