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MISSION #19, Stuttgart, September 6, 1943.

On this mission, 24 aircraft took-off by 0547 hours not knowing that this would be the mostdisasterous mission in losses for the 388th Bomb Group of all the 306 combat missions flown. Eleven of our aircraft failed to return this day.

Group and Wing formations were effected without difficulty with the briefed course followedthroughout.

One of our planes aborted early due to low fuel pressure in the #1 engine, the two remainingabortion planes returned as they were not needed to fill the formation. Twenty one aircraftproceeded to the target. Lt. Wick in aircraft 42-3289 "Wolf Pack", was hit in the bomb runand the plane caught fire. Five chutes were seen.Then several targets of opportunity appeared,, but as we were flying the Low Group to the 96th lead, our lead bombardier dropped on their target

Fighter opposition was the strongest encountered to date with about 150 enemey aircraftattacking our formation, consisting of FW190's, Me109's,Me110's, and Me210's with a few JU88's.A few spasmodic attacks were made on the formations on the route to Stuttgart, but the large concentration was first met in the vicinity of the IP. The attacks were very intensefrom this point to the target, decreased over Stuttgart, but regained intensity until theformations reached Bernay on the route out.

The attacks centered on the low groups and as a result of this, one entire (563rd) low squadron is missing. 45 of our P-47's escorted the 2nd Task Force on the route to Le Chatelet and 112 Spitfires rendezvoused with the formations south of Bernay on the route out.

The low squadron was hit by flak after the IP, then as the planes would drop out offormation, they would be hit by fighters.

Casualities on this mission for the 2nd Task Force are as follows:

Unit A/C Bombed Lost e/a claims KIA Wounded Missing

94th BG 21 16 0 0-0-1 1 2 0

96th BG 21 20 0 6-1-8 0 1 0

385th BG 23 14 0 12-4-4 0 1 0

388th BG 21 20 11 12-4-6 1 7 108

on September 7th the following messsage was received from 8th Bomber Command:

"The 388th Bombardment Group suffered heavy losses yesterday. The spirit of the Group inbearing these losses and coming back with fighting hearts is a matter of great gratificationto me. I wish you would give the Group Commander my commendation to the 388th BombardmentGroup for their excellent spirit and confidence in the greatness of the task they are nowperforming."

Signed Eaker. The message was endorsed by Colonel LeMay, Commander of the 4th Combat Wing.

In aircraft #395, the pilot Lt. Krueger was killed and the copilot, Lt. Mayfield was very seriously wounded by a 20mm shell burst in the cockpit. The waist-gunner, S/Sgt Hill wasalso seriously wounded. Lt. Mayfield was able to bring this plane back to base.

The following is what I have come up with on the eleven crews lost that day: 4 escapedcapture; 9 interned in Switzerland; 56 taken prisoner; 27 killed in action; and 12 unknownor MIA.

560th Squadron

Lt. Beecham in a/c 42-30478 "Impatient Virgin II", which was a new B-17, had to hitthe deck and headed for Switzerland

Lt. Karnezis in a/c 42-3293 "Slightly Dangerous", was attacked by two "Yellow Noses"at La Chapelle-Champigny, about 60 miles SE of Paris. The plane caught fire and five ofthe crew were able to bail out. Two of the crew were able to escape and returned to England via the French underground. Lt. Loveless injured his leg on leaving the airplane and was taken by a French couple before the Germans took him away along with the other two men captured

Lt. Melville in a/c 42-30201 "Shedowanna", was on fire in the nose and #4 engine when last seen in a spin near Strasbourg. Five chutes were seen. Sgt. Aldenhower chute was hit by an enemy aircraft on his descent. Sgt. Creamer was killed when the tail was blown off.

Lt. Mohr in a/c 42-30203, was shot down near Paris. The tail gunner was seriously woundedand was a wheel chair case that the Germans returned in a POW exchange.

562nd Squadron

Lt. Wick in a/c 42-3289 "Wolfpack", lost an engine over France on the way in and then hit by flak on the bomb run. They left the formation and were attacked by enemy fighters.The right wing blew off and the plane went into a spin and when the plane settled momentarily, the crew bailed out. Lt. Lemley and Sgt. Ivanoff landed near each other and after they hid their chutes, they were captured.

563rd Squadron

F/O Bowen in a/c 42-5942, "Sky Shy" was hit by flak killing the engineer and knockingout two engines. They headed for Switzerland but, when losing so much altitude, they decidedto bail out. Nine of the crew bailed out safely with the radioman being killed by Germancivilians on the ground. The copilot broke a leg in landing and spent three months in aGerman hospital before being sent to Stalag III. The plane crashed near Ulm, Germany.

Lt. Cunningham in a/c 42-3425 "In God We Trust", went down near Trojes, France. Thecrew bailed ou and all but the pilot were captured. Lt. Cunningham returned to England on October 25, 1943.

Lt. Kramer in a/c 42-30222 "Lone Wolf", was last seen near Toryes, France and crashed with the cockpit on fire. Lt. Kramer returned to England in two months via the Franch underground.

Lt. Miller in a/c 42-30234, left the formation and no other information is available.

Lt. Roe in a/c 42-3378 "Silver Dollar", was shot down with the crew bailing out. Thenavigator broke his back in the parachute jump and recoverd in a German hospital.

Lt. Wilkin in a/c 42-30349, was shot down near Paris with a fire in the nose from a20mm explosion.

From The 388th At War by Ed Huntzinger

Key Personnel
388-A
Command PilotR. Satterwhite
Deputy Lead
Lead Pilot
Lead Navigator
Lead Bombardier
Group 388-A Sorties
AircraftCrewSortieCrewData
RowSerialNameMsnNameSqdrMsnOutcomeGroupPlanned Position
142-30222 Lone Wolf10Kramer 56310C-Fighter388-ALo-1-1
242-30349 7Wilken 5638C-Fighter388-ALo-1-2
342-3425 In God We Trust7Cunningham 5639C-Fighter388-ALo-1-3
442-30234 12MillerL 5639C-Fighter388-ALo-2-1
542-3378 Silver Dollar (Sky Shy)5Roe 5638C-Fighter388-ALo-2-2
642-5942 Sky Shy / Wenatchee Special5Bowen 5637C-Flak388-ALo-2-3
742-30595 Gremlin Gus II / Olin 69'ers8Jarrendt 5609Completed388-ALe-1-1
842-30371 Iza Angel II5Branham 56011Completed388-ALe-1-2
942-30201 Shedonwanna11Melville 56011C-Fighter388-ALe-1-3
1042-30203 Shack-Up13Mohr 56013C-Fighter388-ALe-2-1
1142-30478 Iza Blue? / Impatient Virgin II10Beecham 5608I-Switzerland388-ALe-2-2
1242-3293 Slightly Dangerous8Karnezis 5606C-Fighter388-ALe-2-3
1342-30362 Wee Bonnie10PorterA 5618Completed388-AHi-1-1
1442-3395 Passionate Witch II6Krueger 56112Completed388-AHi-1-2
1542-5905 Just AG8Chaffin 5617Completed388-AHi-1-3
1642-30207 Big Red13BaileyRH 56113Completed388-AHi-2-1
1742-30193 Hard Luck8Eccleston 56112Completed388-AHi-2-2
1842-5900 Virgin on the Verge6Swift 56113Completed388-AHi-2-3
1942-3295 Wailuiku Maui / Tech Supply7Rodgers 56212Completed388-AAb-1-1
2042-30177 Charlene5Bliss 5629A-Engine388-AAb-1-2
2142-3289 Wolf Pack10Wick 56212C-Flak/Fighter388-AAb-1-3
2242-5954 Mister Yank II11Bensel 56212Completed388-AAb-2-1
2342-30213 Lil' One14WilliamsP 56212A-Legal388-AAb-2-2
2442-5906 Sondra Kay13Cox 56213A-Legal388-AAb-2-3
Sortie Crews
RowAircraftCrewPilotCopilotNavigatorBombardierRadio OpEngineerBall TurretRight WaistLeft WaistTail GunnerCommanderGrp NavMickeyJammerPhotoNose GunnerOther
142-30222 Kramer A. Kramer A. H. Swap R. G. Bowman R. L. Burnett A. J. Priebe A. M. Martin J. M. Thomas W. H. Vickless W. R. Soukup W. W. Chapman
242-30349 Wilken R. T. Wilken W. P. Laws C. A. Johnson V. A. Sandes C. J. Schwartzkopf L. K. Merrill J. C. Eicholtz C. J. Winn W. Mallette A. A. Flynn
342-3425 Cunningham R. N. Cunningham W. Foote A. H. Massa J. A. Cowley R. J. Condry L. E. Baker J. E. Lovlin M. L. Brohard M. L. Tryon W. W. Somke
442-30234 MillerL L. M. Miller W. P. Iverson H. R. Lakow W. G. Koenig E. R. Rogowsky D. A. Beckwith R. M. Lee W. F. Herman C. F. Herald A. F. Suhay
542-3378 Roe J. A. Roe E. K. Thomas M. M. Schoenborn M. G. Frankenberg D. V. Tees C. Mace R. E. Senecal D. L. Busse T. A. Mollenkamp P. R. Rardin
642-5942 Bowen M. A. Bowen W. W. Woods A. E. Copeland E. W. Hasson J. H. Redmond D. E. Wiesner T. J. Czygier H. E. Richards A. H. Smith J. Frankenfield
742-30595 Jarrendt R. T. Jarrendt J. W. Lee D. E. Staples H. W. Dick J. F. Tierney E. J. Forsta W. W. Hovatter E. E. Cunningham G. N. Kastoll J. F. Jones R. B. Satterwhite
842-30371 Branham G. E. Branham W. E. Wieland J. B. Leverone E. L. Shero R. A. Blankenburg R. C. Dvorak T. M. Maloy P. M. Lukken W. D. Riley C. E. Keiser
942-30201 Melville E. S. Melville R. E. Stone J. E. Pronek W. J. Pastrick F. Aldenhoevel G. Lotter M. D. Wickersham B. M. Tuvman W. A. Borchert W. C. Creamer
1042-30203 Mohr R. H. Mohr E. F. Schulz J. G. Shilliday R. A. Marean H. H. Hasson H. H. Jones B. A. Becker R. W. Wallin R. C. Beckham R. R. Ammarell
1142-30478 Beecham W. P. Beecham B. D. Brown R. F. Beplat S. H. Beatty O. Happy J. W. Delamar W. D. Ballard W. G. Fox T. D. McGee J. A. McNeill
1242-3293 Karnezis D. Karnezis J. W. George W. J. Frazier R. V. Loveless J. A. Lawrence A. C. Gay A. E. Morrison R. A. Schwabenbauer A. P. Smith G. L. Lincoln
1342-30362 PorterA A. D. Porter H. E. Thompson H. C. Rowland V. D. Adams J. R. Ash J. H. Moffitt R. Mallicote R. Miller M. Malamed I. L. Schraeder T. F. Murphy
1442-3395 Krueger L. E. Krueger J. D. Mayfield G. A. Anderson J. M. Smith K. Koeth J. Maziarz J. T. Rapp R. E. Hill E. L. Hogan J. L. Deal
1542-5905 Chaffin A. A. Chaffin F. R. Baird J. W. Sullivan T. L. Toolin W. B. Haynes R. E. Joyce L. Mizera G. E. Gilbert G. A. Morrow J. C. Griscom
1642-30207 BaileyRH R. H. Bailey W. L. Tobin L. M. Bairstow G. Bartuska N. Transou J. J. Thompson R. L. Graziani E. L. Gwinnell D. E. Marble R. Higgins
1742-30193 Eccleston K. L. Eccleston R. F. Bissonette J. K. Dorsett M. Fletcher G. B. Doyle D. F. Holliman J. J. Molinari C. A. Bein I. Clark D. L. Ceely
1842-5900 Swift P. Swift C. E. Tipper P. Arbon O. R. Bowman J. W. Taylor B. C. Erickson R. W. Circle D. O. VanGundy W. S. Gavitt R. J. Ponton Stauffer
1942-3295 Rodgers H. J. Rodgers P. B. Lewis J. I. Flohr S. B. Smith J. E. Hallam E.L. Franklin E. C. Pawlicki K. Hill W. D. Sawyer J. S. Ford
2042-30177 Bliss C. C. Bliss V. D. Duncan J. N. Haroiad B. J. Quenneville H. G. Rotell A. N. Brown R. E. Bradley L. H. Rudell E. W. Wilbert H. B. Mays
2142-3289 Wick E. A. Wick A. B. Lemley R. J. Merriam F. L. Boyer A. W. Fabiszewski C. M. Junkin W. L. Shawley N. R. Riccardi C. Ivanoff R. Allard
2242-5954 Bensel P. P. Bensel E. E. Kofood R. B. Leventhal P. H. Pick K. R. Willis L. A. Haschke V. J. Stachniewicz B. Skloss G. E. Walls J. H. Cruchon
2342-30213 WilliamsP P. E. Williams I. Rogg J. M. Flor M. C. Greve A. A. Gardin R. J. Harwood H. N. Moore M. B. Rollins R. B. Cornwell R. W. Connors
2442-5906 Cox H. O. Cox A. Rubin W. E. Eddy F. N. Broach R. P. Gromis H. J. Ball G. R. Martin F. H. Curry O. B. Kloza J. M. Lewis
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1388th Bomb Group BookMission ReportsEdward Phillips62history of the 388th
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3388th Anthology Volume I BookAnd So It WasBob Seney7collection of stories of 388th veterans
4Claims to Fame B-17 Flying Fortress BookBack CoverSteve Birdsall225B-17 Stories
5Blind Date Story Click to display pdf fileBlind DateArch R. Shero1Missions of Blind Date (42-30195)xx
6388th Newsletter 2000 July NewsletterLooking For PhotosFlorence Richards9
7388th Newsletter 2000 Fall/Winter NewsletterA Memorable ReunionEditor5
8388th Newsletter 2001 Spring NewsletterAfter 56 YearsRon Stone5
9388th Newsletter 2001 Spring NewsletterJoseph SchwartzkopfLori Sarnese14
10388th Newsletter 2003 Fall NewsletterBlack WeekJan Pack6
11388th Newsletter 2003 Fall NewsletterWhat Happened at StuttgartJan Pack8
12388th Newsletter 2003 Fall NewsletterReplacement CrewLowell Watts9