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42-97520

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Gr Island 30/12/43; Presque Is 20/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 29/1/44; Co-pilot: Jerome Bowers (Killed in Action), p-Paul Breeding Wounded in Action 20/2/44;

Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Sanderson Sloane, Co-pilot: Hartley Seymour, Navigator: Jim Leary, Bombardier: Don Makins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Courtney, Radio Operator: Ed Harke, Ball turret gunner: Rich Spens, Waist gunner: Francis Chard,Tail gunner: Cletis Campbell (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Bob Kritzer (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed woods near Schlebusch, Lippmanstraase, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2881.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jerome Bowers

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #42-97520 came under fighter attack on 20 Feb 1944.

  • Cletis Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Chard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louie Courtney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Harke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kritzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Makins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hartley Seymour

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sanderson Sloane

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 14:04:24 Emily Changes to nicknames
Sources

Transferred information from duplicate record. Nickname provided by the granddaughter of one of the crew.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2881 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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