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43-39061

B-17 Flying Fortress

The following crew members were on the 4/6/45 mission to Leipzig, Germany on aircraft 43-39061-H "Round Trip Rabbit", 525th Squadron:

Jensen, Sterling A 1st Lt. Pilot
Hill, Joseph K 2nd Lt. Co-Pilot
Burke, John P 2nd Lt. Navigator
McCrary, Raymond E F/O Bombardier
Allen Jr., Leslie E T/Sgt. Radio Operator/Gunner
Roberts, Robert E T/Sgt. Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Lake, Charles D Sgt. Ball Turret Gunner
Worthington, Clifford J. S/Sgt. Waist Gunner
Roundtree, Clarence P. S/Sgt. Tail Gunner

The following is a summary by the Pilot:
'Final mission; electrical system malfunction; oil pressure gauge on # 3 dropped; feathered the prop; couldn't see any oil leak so I decided to unfeather the prop but because of the electrical malfunction it wouldn't unfeather. Stayed in formation to drop our bombs'

'After leaving the target we couldn't keep up with the formation and lost radio contact. Flying over a 10/10 under cast the navigator couldn't get a fix; finally we broke out over an English fighter field in France.'

'Dropped the wheels to indicate we wanted to land and got a green light. My navigator said we now had a heading to an American field. We took this [the wheels wouldn't retract] but there was no field. In the distance I spotted a large city, Lille, France, and landed on an old German fighter field. At the end of the landing roll the right gear dropped into a sand-filled and grass-covered bomb crater, bending #3 & #4 props. The plane was not repairable and we flew back to England.'
Sterling A. Jensen, 1st Lieutenant Pilot

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

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 6 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2016 15:40:52 Lucy May Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Dave Osborne's B-17 Fortress Master Log duplicates the fate of this aircraft with that of 43-39081.
See: http://www.8thafhs.com/get_mia_aircraft.php?acgroup_id=25&mission_date=1...

For the actual fate of this aircraft see: http://www.379thbga.org/ww2_photos.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2015 05:52:13 Figmnt Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.armyairforces.com/Round-Twip-Wabbit-m243244.aspx

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2015 05:45:28 Figmnt Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.armyairforces.com/Round-Twip-Wabbit-m243244.aspx

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 21:57:40 Figmnt Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://sites.google.com/site/379thbgnoseart/home/aircraft-list-1

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12439 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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