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42-97170

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 13/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Kennewick, Art Gordon, Joe Werley, Art Reynolds, Turrell Benson, Ralph Weiss, Don LaRose (7 Killed in Action); Sam Hamilton, Bob Clark (2 Returned to Duty); mid air coll with 42-97833 (379BG); crashed Romilly Sur Seine, Fr; Salvaged 16/12/44. JULIE MAY.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97833 Silver Dollar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 13/4/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 26/5/44; mid air coll with 42-97170 on 9/12/44, with Chas Faught, Carroll Sears, John Cox, Melvin Townsend, Joe Carroll, Harry Hall, Fred Knock, Pat...

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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.

  • Turell Benson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 collided with another plane over France. Only 2 of the crew survived

  • 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.

  • Joseph Cameron

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but five mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD ...

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Robert D. Clark one of two members of 2nd Lt. Kennewick's crew to survive collision with another B-17 over France on 9 December 1944.Mid Air Collison was the B 17G Bomber Silver Dollar and B 17G Bomber Julie Mae 42-97170. Killed in Action (KIA)....

  • Donald Corkran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Flew all but five mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Cummings

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but four missions in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), Good Conduct.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arthur Gordon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 collided with another plane over France. Only 2 of the crew survived.

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Missions

  • 743

    9 December 1944

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....

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 12:00:43 Lucy May Changes to description, aircraft associations and person associations
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Added connections to airmen's records.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 01:37:30 jvgordon Changes to manufacturer
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update mfg

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 01:36:47 jvgordon Changes to aircraft associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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update bio

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2015 01:27:52 jvgordon Changes to nicknames
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added a/c name

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2015 23:23:34 jvgordon Changes to description
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corrected crash site

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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