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Bernard Michael Dopko

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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.

Service

People

  • Glenn Cederstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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).

  • Sybrand De Vries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    The crew bailed 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).

  • Wilson Gabel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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).

  • Lloyd Haller

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 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). POW

  • Robert Haydon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    SWA

  • Richard Herzberg

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 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). POW

  • William Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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). POW

  • Eugene Krifka

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-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). POW

  • Edward Naber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 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). POW

  • Edward Rydell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 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). POW

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 42-3548 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/7/43; Scott 9/8/43; Assigned 563BS/385BG [ -X] Gt Ashfield 25/8/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Dick Davis, Navigator: Leroy Coy (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: John Cooper, Bombardier: Ed Barwikowski, Flight engineer...

  • 42-37839 Little Willie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG [ -D] Knettishall 26/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Bernie Dopko, Co-pilot: Gene Krifka, Navigator: Glenn Cederstrom, Bombardier: Bill Kelly, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-39842 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 26/10/43; sal 9AF Germany 19/9/45.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    29 February 1944
    12 B-24s from 801BG/406BS are depatched on a night "CARPETBAGGER" operation to drop supplies to partisans in France. There are no losses, casualties or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 245 LEAFLET DROP

    2 March 1944
    5 B-17s from 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group are despatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000?) of leaflets on the French cities of Caen, Amiens, Rouen, Chartres and Rennes. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Old Forge, Pennsylvania 11 May 1920
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany March 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I

Shot Down/Captured Prötzeweg, 16559 Liebenwalde, Germany 9 March 1944
Died Riverside, CA, USA 23 September 1991
Buried Riverside, CA, USA 26 September 1991

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: 42, 0, 2701

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2016 15:25:52 Lucy May Changes to service number and events
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
MACR 3088 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2015 03:14:53 466thHistorian Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

388bg.info

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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