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43-37755

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 4/6/44

Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-Z] Kimbolton 28/6/44

Battle damaged Merseburg 13/9/44 with Capt Bob Layton, Co-pilot: Harry Greiner, Navigator: Wayne Ehlers (Wounded in Action), Extra nav - Tony Chong, Bombardier: Tom Carruth, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Korusko (Wounded in Action), Radio Operator: Jack Morgan, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Shaeffer, Waist gunner: Ray McCarthy, Tail gunner: Lt Bob Hagen Wounded in Action, (10 Returned to Duty); force landed near Ciney, SE of Namur, Belgium

Salvaged 13/2/45

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Carruth

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Anthony Chong

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Wayne Ehlers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    On his 24th mission on 13 September in 1944 Ehler's plane was hit by flak, which knocked out 2 engines, and a 3rd was leaking oil. ...

  • Harold Greenwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew under squadron commander Robert F. Layton, operations Officer. 15 missions over france. 15 missions over Germany

  • Harold Greiner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Robert Hagen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions on 'Take Me Home'. On 13 September 1944 Hagen flew as an observer, performing the duties of a tail gunner, when his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third....

  • John Kozuszko

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Robert Layton

    Military | Captain | Operations Officer, Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 Layton's aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Raymond McCarthy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Jack Morgan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

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Missions

  • 628

    13 September 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....

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered 18 May 1944
Assigned 28 June 1944
Crashed 13 September 1944
Salvaged 13 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 18:12:45 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added several spaces in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 02:25:29 cody1947 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

379th BG Aircraft record card

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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