The 388th had over 500 crews during the war (July 17, 1943 to May 20, 1945). Most of these crews consisted of 10 men who spent their time together and in some cases spent their last days together.
The goal of each crew was to survive long enough to be able to join the Lucky Bastard club. The unlucky ones either sacrifriced their lives for us or spent some horrible time in a POW camp.
Crew Index provides a list of 500+ crews who made the 388th proud. More details (Crew Detail) on each crew is available by clicking on the link.
Crew Summary provides summary data for the 388th crews. The summary data includes name, first and last mission, number of missions etc. More details for each crew is available by clicking on the link.
Crew Notes provides brief explanations of certain aspects of the crews.
Crew Photos provides a list of the 388th crews for which we have photos. These pages will let you scroll through the crew photo collection.
Crew Details provide detailed crew information which includes photograph, list of sorties flown and other items associated with the crew. These details are available by clicking on links in the Crew Summary and Crew Index pages.
Each crew was notable for their bravery and sacrifice. However some of the crews have a unique claim to fame
Kamholtz Crew :
The Kamholtz crew had the terrible distinction of being the first crew lost. While crossing the Atlantic in June 1943, they went missing.
Fuller Crew :
The Fuller Crew was the first crew to be shot down in combat. It also happened to be their first mission.