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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-R] Kimbolton 9/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 13/9/44 with Larry Messenger, Co-pilot: Tom Marineau, Navigator: Melvin Halstead, Radio Operator: Grant Powers,Tail gunner: Theo GoiteinWounded in Action (5 Returned to Duty), Bombardier: Ray Seeman(chute failed), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Duncan, Ball turret gunner: Oliver Gillies, Waist gunner: Ray Uhlig (4 Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, crash landed Ferme de Daumont, Hatrize, NW of Metz, France; Missing Air Crew Report 8899. Salvaged 6/2/45. SNOW WHITE.

Service

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Asplund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awads: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marvin Braun

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35 missions, in many different aircraft. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Duncan

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • William Fowler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37+ combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oliver Gillies

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Theodore Goitein

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • William Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Halstead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • John Helvie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35+ missions, in many different aircraft. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8899 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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