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42-31176

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 27/9/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 24/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/4/44 with George Gwin, Co-pilot: Chas Dunfee, Navigator: Wilbur Minnich, Bombardier: Bob Reis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Jones, Radio Operator: Gene Mitchell, Ball turret gunner: Neal Phillips, Waist gunner: Carl Kohn, Waist gunner: Elwood Dasher, Tail gunner: Roy Choate (10 Prisoner of War); ditched Channel off Calais, picked up by Germans. Missing Air Crew Report 4288.

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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Phillip Brejansky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Carmell

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Edwin Carmell served as a co-pilot with the 563rd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Knettishall, England. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts rising to the rank of Colonel.

  • Roy Choate

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31176. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clifford Conklin

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

  • Elwood Dasher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231176. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bernard Dopko

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    The crew baled out of B-17G #42-37839 'Little Willie' after flak set the plane on fire on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. The a/c crashed NE of Oranienburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF as a Captain.

  • Charles Dunfee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231176. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 missions--first day raid on Berlin--crew name 'Worry Wart'--on 25th mission, returned to base, last plane to land, chased to channel by Fw 190--shooting continously until we escaped. As RO was able to obtain position report from rescue not...

  • Robert Grove

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

  • George Gwinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231176. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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, USA 27 September 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 26 October 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) North Sea off Calais, France 24 April 1944

Ditched in the North Sea. All 10 crew survived, captured by the Germans and made POW
George Gwin Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2021 18:54:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2017 01:16:02 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/Aircraft.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4288 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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