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43-37951

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-J] Kimbolton 15/7/44; Missing in Action Pirmasens, Ger 9/8/44 with Howard Hamilton, Co-pilot: Rexford Feaster, Navigator: Hector Kaufman{Wounded in Action}, Bombardier: Walt Nielson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vince Miller, Radio Operator: Howard Siegle, Ball turret gunner: Harry Willey, Waist gunner: Dale Downing,Tail gunner: Bob Wilmoth (9 evaded capture); flak, crashed Rillaar, NE of Louvain, Bel.; Missing Air Crew Report 7393. RED DRAGON.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Dale Dorning

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Rexford Feaster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Howard Hamilton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Hector Kaufman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME..

  • Vincent Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Walter Nielsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Howard Siegle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 17 missions. Plane 'Red Dragon. ' Shot down on bombing mission 186 to Pirmasens, Germany 9 August 1944 in B-17 'Red Dragon". ' Returned by Belgian underground to London 15 September 1944. WW II VM/ ATO/ EAME/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC

  • Harold Willey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Damaged by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

  • Robert Wilmoth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Hit by flak and crashed near Antwerp on 8/9/44 in B-17 Busy Beaver #4337951

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) France 9 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7393 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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