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42-5908

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Sioux City 19/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Presque Is 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; Missing in Action 29/7/43 with Heywood Curling, Co-pilot: John Greene, Navigator: Bill Koffman, Bombardier: Bill Gray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Willis, Radio Operator: Steve Molnar, Ball turret gunner: Alex Gadding, Waist gunner: Hobart Perry, Waist gunner: Larry Holmborn,Tail gunner: Francis Kierszak (10 Killed in Action); coll with 42-30370 (96BG), crashed North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk.; Missing Air Crew Report 3069.

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

  • William Coffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-5908. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Heywood Curlings

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Dorsett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • George Doyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Alexander Gadding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-5908. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • William Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425908. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • John Greene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425908. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • David Holliman

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Flew his first 3 missions (plus 3 aborts) as a waist gunner. Flew the remainder of his tour as Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

  • Lawrence Holmbom

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

  • Francis Kierszak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 29 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2019 21:03:06 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

Flying Fortress 1936 1945, Marchese.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3069 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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