The 388th had over 5000 crewman during the war (July 17, 1943 to May 20, 1945). Most of these crewmen served a specific role on a crew of 10 men.
The goal of each crewman 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.
Personnel Index provides a list of 6400 crewmen and their ground support who made the 388th proud. More details (Personnel Detail) on each crew is available by clicking on the link.
Personnel Summary provides summary data for the 388th personnel. The summary data includes name, first and last mission, number of missions etc. More details for each person is available by clicking on the link.
Personnel Search provides a flexible search tool.
Person Notes provides brief explanations of certain aspects of the crewmen.
Personnel by Duty
organizes personnel according to their duty and unit .
Personnel Details provide detailed crewman information which includes photograph (if we have one), list of sorties flown and other items associated with the crewman. These details are available by clicking on links in the Personnel Summary and Personnel Index pages.
Each crewman was notable for his bravery and sacrifice. However some of the men have a unique claim to fame
Chester Cox :
Chester Cox was the original 388th bomb group deputy commander. He flew a total of xx combat missions mostly as group commander. Chester was known to play the piano at the officers club while some of the guys would stand around and sing songs.
Hank Henggeler :
Hank Henggeler was the original 563rd squadron commander. He flew a total of 27 combat missions mostly as a group or deputy group commander.