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43-37903

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 29/6/44; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-D] Kimbolton 8/7/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with John Connell, Co-pilot: John Crookston, Navigator: Bill Jaeger, Bombardier: Ed Bromage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Dean, Radio Operator: Jim Gurley, Ball turret gunner: Lucien Paradis, Waist gunner: Ray Sahlberg,Tail gunner: Bill Harrison (9 Killed in Action); flak over target, crashed Marrum, N of Leeuwarden, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 8285.

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

  • Edward Bromage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • John Connell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • John Crookston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • Jim Dean

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • 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

  • James Gurley

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • William Harrison

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • William Jaeger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • Lucien Paradis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #4237903

  • Raymond Sahlberg

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Leeuwarden in B-17 #42-37903, Killed in Action (KIA).

Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • 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 24 August 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8285 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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