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43-37855

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Grenier 19/8/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 18/7/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Don Mohr, Max Harder, Zenon Pietkiewicz, Lew Gracik, Joe Beasley, Erwin Muehlhans, Clinton Goodwin, Bernie Ostfeld (8 Returned to Duty); flak, crashed Verden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13567.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Beasley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855 'Peter Pain'

  • Clinton Goodwin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855'Peter Pain'

  • Lewis Gracik

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 18 Mar 45 near Verden, Crew parachuted out of plane, captured by Hitler Youth and marched to Barth, Ger. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1. Plane was 'Peter Pain' B-17 #4337855

  • 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

  • Max Harder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855 'Peter Pain'

  • Donald Mohr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855 'Peter Pain' Berlin mission 18 March 1945. Aircraft started lagging 3 minutes after bombs away with #2 engine was on fire. Fire was extinguished but still smoking. Prisoner of War (POW)S

  • Erwin Muehlhans

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Berlin, plane coasted toward Holland, crew parachuted out and were captured by Germans (Hitler Youth) marched up to Barth, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 1 Plane was B-17 #4337855 'Peter Pain' POW, Air Medal etc

  • Bernard Ostfeld

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855

  • Zenon Pietkiewicz

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Verden on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 #4337855 'Peter Pain'

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 18 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2015 15:34:05 cody1947 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

From the Memories and writings of S/Sgt William J. Coles, Jr., Tail Gunner of the 379th Bombardment Group who flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 9/13/44 to 1/1/45.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13567 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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