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Edwin William Pfanner


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).



  • Riley Bissonette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Crash landed while on a cross-country training flight in B17#42-37844. RTD

  • Paul Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Paul Franklin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Stacy Warden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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


  • 42-30207 Big Red

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -T] Knettishall 14/6/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 27/3/44 with Julius Lederman, Co-pilot: Waite Law, Bombardier: John Luzell (3 Prisoner of War)...

  • 42-30808

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 563BS/388 Knettishall 4/9/43; Missing in Action Munster 23/3/44 with Don Filler, Co-pilot: Hugh Wetzel, Bombardier: Bill Findlay, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Rechlin, Ball turret...

  • 42-31138 Winged Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/9/43; Gr Island 7/10/43; Romulus 10/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Art Nelson, Co-pilot: Art Livermore, Navigator: Maurice White, Bombardier: Bill Matuszewski, Flight...

  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-3395 Passionate Witch II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Dow Fd 15/7/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 17/7/43; ...

  • 42-38177 'SHACK RABBITS'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 10/1/44; Grenier 24/1/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [ -H] Knettishall 14/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Gus Christiani, Navigator: Leon Levy, Bombardier: Ray Newark, Waist gunner: Bill Kline, Waist gunner:...

  • 42-39894 Barbara

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 18/10/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Rostock 20/2/44 with Jerry Payne, Co-pilot: Carl Cole, Navigator: Jim Kelley, Bombardier: Clarry Swanson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-40054

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Kearney 24/11/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 8/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Capt Paul Brown, Bombardier: Rolland Gill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Joyce, Waist gunner: Elbert Moyer,Tail...


  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled due to weather before it could take off. Mission...

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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...


Event Location Date
Born Jersey City, New Jersey 18 December 1922
Lived in Union City, New Jersey 30 June 1942

708 11th Street

Enlisted New York City, NY 28 November 1942
Killed In Action Veenschapsweg, Schoonebeek, Netherlands 6 March 1944

A/C formation was attacked by German fighters. Pfanner's a/c was rammed by another B-17 knocking the ball turret off with Pfanner inside.

Buried Schoonebeek, Netherlands 10 March 1944

Schoonebeek Cemetery
Row 1, Grave 26

Buried Fairview, NJ 1949

Fairview Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Section Magnolia, Block 12, South Grave 33


Date Contributor Update
08 November 2020 16:03:16 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations

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Date Contributor Update
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