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43-38256

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 15/8/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 8/9/44 with Barton Jones, Co-pilot: Bob Matthews, Navigator: Paul Barbuto, Bombardier: Edwin Woodroof, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Powell, Radio Operator: John Gustin, Ball turret gunner: Alvin Beale, Waist gunner: Fred Madden, Tail gunner: Jim Beyda (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed near Niedermohr, W of Kaiserlautern, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8846. OUR BABY.

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

  • Paul Barbuto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby 43-38256 POW

  • Alvin Beale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Ludwigshafen mission 8 Sep 1944 aircraft 'Our Baby' was hit by flak over target, left formation and was last seen at 10,000 feet. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Beyda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Ludwigshafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby 43-38256 POW

  • John Gustin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Ludwigshafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby #43-38256 POW

  • Barton Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby #43-38256 POW

  • Fred Madden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby 43-38256 POW

  • Robert Mathews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby #43-38256 POW

  • Jack Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby #43-38256 POW

  • Edwin Woodroof

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Ludwigahafen on 9/8/44 in B-17 Our Baby #43-38256 POW

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 8 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 23:13:47 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”. Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8846 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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