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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 3/11/44; Dow Fd 12/11/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-G] Kimbolton 2/1/45; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Walt Howard, Don Hall, Gerald Widawsky, Jim Hanley, Chas Rider (5 Prisoner of War); September Giannattasio, Homer Huntley, Harry Schalley (3 Killed in Action); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Berlin; Missing Air Crew Report 13879.



  • 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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • August Giannattasio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 379th Bomb Group

  • Donald Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • James Hanley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Walter Howard

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Homer Huntley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Charles Rider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Harold Schalley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Gerald Widawsky

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group


  • 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 10 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:35 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13879 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database