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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/44; Hunter 17/9/44; Grenier 25/9/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-O] Kimbolton 4/10/44; Missing in Action Rheine A/fds on Operation Varsity 24/3/45 with Chas Schwab (Killed in Action); (rest?) ; Bill Martin, George Starchak, Jim Ford, Ray Berry, Roy Brahm, Herome Silverman, Leroy Piper sj, Ken Herr tg; Missing Air Crew Report 14112.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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


  • Roy Brahm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 18 missions. Killed in Action.

  • Charles Herbison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 11/8/44 in B-17 'Tag-a-Long' #4231663

  • John Royall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew most of his 35 combat missions with the same crew. Plane name was 'Stardust' Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Schwab

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Hopsten, Germany 24 March 1945 mission. Plane hit by flak over the target, right wing was on fire, went into a spin and exploded. (6 Killed in Action (KIA), 3 Prisoner of War (POW)).


  • 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....


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 12:53:18 Lucy May Changes to description

Changed 'Ray Braham' to 'Roy Brahm'.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:31 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14112 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database