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42-31549

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Gr Island 7/12/43; New Castle 16/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 1/1/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Loslo, Co-pilot: Bob Wilson, Navigator: Doug Morrison, Bombardier: Presley Phillips, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Seiter, Radio Operator: Bill Veronica, Ball turret gunner: Clarry Durling, Waist gunner: George Regan, Waist gunner: Archie Jones,Tail gunner: Carmine Spinella (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd #4 the caught fire before crew bailed, crashed Stammheim, Friedberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4881. JEANNIE.

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...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Andrea Alcarese

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Durling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231549 'Jeannie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mario George

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

  • Archie Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231549 'Jeannie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alex Loslo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231549 'Jeannie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Douglas Morrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231549 'Jeannie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Pappalardo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Denmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerry Payne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Presley Phillips

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231549 'Jeannie. ' 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 21 November 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 1 January 1944

388 BG
561 BS

Failed to Return (FTR) Stammheim, 70439 Stuttgart, Germany 12 May 1944

Shot down by German fighters

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2018 02:07:31 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames and events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 164

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4881 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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