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43-38818

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 11/10/44; Missing in Action Hopsten, Ger 24/3/45 with Sylvester Howell, Ken Noble, Bert Barnett, Melvin Wheeler, Tom Fairbanks, Pablo Villasenor, Milton Kenan, Mark Reynolds (8 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Hopsten, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13605.

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

  • Bert Barnett

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #4338818

  • Thomas Fairbanks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #43-38818

  • Sylvester Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 43-38818 Plane was hit by flak and burst into flames and exploded. All crew killed.

  • Milton Kenan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #4338818

  • Kenneth Noble

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #4338818

  • Mark Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Hopsten in B-17 43-38818

  • Pablo Villasenor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #4338818

  • Melvin Weaver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hopsten in B-17 #4338818

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 24 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13605 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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