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B-17G-5-BP #42-31137 "Classy Chassy" Code: W
388th BG - 563rd BS



  • 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31137 Classy Chassy

    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...


  • 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...


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