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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 2/10/44; Dow Fd 11/10/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 13/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 23/11/45.

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

  • William Coles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Crash Landed in A/C 238183 on 28 September 1944. Evaded enemy with aid of Belgian resistance and Returned to duty. Plane was hit by flak and caught on fire. The tail gunner bailed out but the rest of the crew stayed with the plane and rode it down.

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2015 22:29:55 cody1947 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Personal remembrances and journal entries of S/Sgt William J. Coles, Jr., Tail Gunner of the 524th BS of the 379th Bombardment Group. He flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 9/13/44 to 1/1/45. He also flew in different positions: Nose Togglier (Bombardier), Radio Operator/Gunner, and Waist Gunner, but flew most of his missions in the Tail Gunner's position.

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2015 15:40:48 cody1947 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

From the Memories and writings of S/Sgt William J. Coles, Jr., Tail Gunner 524th BS of the 379th Bombardment Group and flew missions with the 524th Bomb Squadron from 9/13/44 to 1/1/45. He flew in different positions: Nose Togglier (Bombardier), Radio Operator/Gunner, and Waist Gunner, but flew most of his missions in the Tail Gunner's position. His journal has him flying this aircraft on Mission # 257 for the 379th BG on 12/31/44, to bomb - Neuss - marshalling yards

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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