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George Clifford Montgomery


Pilot B-17 42-30793 (mission navigation support) on Aphrodite [remote controlled flying bomb] mission to V1 missile site at Wizernes, France. 4-8-44.



  • Lawrence Barrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • August Franzetta

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Giurgevich

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Larson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner/Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Henry McCollum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions Air Medal w/oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart

  • Harry McKenna

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Must have been one of only a handful of 8th AF bomber crew who flew missions in 1943,1944 and 1945. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel after serving in WW2, Korea and Vietnam

  • Alvin Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Miller owned a jewelry company after the war.

  • Thomas O'Neill

    Military | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Martin Orsan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    May have transferred to the 490th BG.

  • Joseph Polka

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30195 Blind Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 11/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; [66m] crashed on take off for Bohlen oil depot 7/10/44 with Harry Resch, Co-pilot: Jim Fraser, Navigator: George Miner,...

  • 42-30793 'Tom Paine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...

  • 42-30851 Little Boy Blue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [H] Knettishall 8/9/43; on assembly for Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Walt Malaniak, Co-pilot: Aaron Brinkoeter, Navigator: Leo Ramos, Bombardier: Amos Force, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

  • 42-31383 American Eagle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Denver 18/11/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Patterson 8/3/44; New Castle 26/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [F] Glatton 31/5/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Harry Selling (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Floyd French,...

  • 42-32004

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [B] Knettishall 9/2/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Joe Patrick, Bombardier: Andy Vuksta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rick Rarick, Radio Operator: Erroll Bingham,...

  • 42-37878 Millie K

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Grand Island 20/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG [S] Knettishall 2/11/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 28/9/44 with Lester Frawley, Co-pilot: Ray Klinke, Navigator: Harry Bouten, Bombardier: Paul Kaufman, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-38187

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG [D] Knettishall 9/2/44; damaged by Luftwaffe at Poltava, Rus, with Lt Malaniak 21/4/44; repaired & ret to base; retUS 4100 BU Patterson 23/3/45; Recl Comp 2/5/46.

  • 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.


  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 301

    13 April 1944

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Associated Place

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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 Brownwood, TX 7 February 1917
Lived in Brady, TX 1940
Enlisted San Antonio, TX 13 June 1941

Fort Sam Houston

388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield 20 March 1944 – 4 August 1944

40 Combat Missions
1 Aphrodite Mission

Died Brady, TX 28 September 1982
Buried Brady, TX

Resthaven Cemetery
Brady, McCulloch County, Texas, Plot 26


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AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /