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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Dow Fd 15/7/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 17/7/43;

6 September 1943: The aircraft came under attack from fighters and its pilot, Louis Krueger was killed.
7 January 1944: Crash landed Honington ex-Ludwigshafen with pilot Paul H Franklin.
All crew survived and the aircraft was salvaged.



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • Nicholas Duncan

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

  • Paul Franklin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • R Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA 6 Sept 1943 as was copilot Mayfield. Pilot Krueger was Killed in Action (KIA) from a fighter attack. B17 42-3395

  • Louis Krueger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in fighter attack in B-17 42-3395.

  • John Mayfield

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    6 Sept 1943 WIA and pilot Krueger was Killed in Action (KIA) from a fighter attack. in B17 42-3395

  • Edwin Pfanner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G 42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stacy Warden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 7 January 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 12:31:55 Lucy May Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 12:23:07 Lucy May Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Linked up airmen's records with aircraft record.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 19:35:40 ram957 Changes to nicknames

388th BG Association Records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log