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43-39147

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 15/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 1/2/45; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with Stan Cebuhar, Delton Reopelle, Lloyd Gates, Ray Egstrand, Lester Higginbotham, Francis Beam, John Dillon (7 Prisoner of War); Waldon Hardy, George Byers (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Elsenborn, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 12338.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Beam

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Elsenborn on 14 Feb 45 in B-17 #4339147

  • George Byers

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #4339147

  • Stanley Cebuhar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Elsenborn on 14 Feb 45 in B-17 #4339147

  • John Dillon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Elsenborn on 14 Feb 45 in B-17 #4339147 ...

  • Raymond Engstrand

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Gates

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

  • Waldon Hardy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #4339147

  • Lester Higginbotham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Elsenborn on 14 Feb 45 in B-17 #4339147

  • Delton Reopelle

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Elsenborn on 14 Feb 45 in B-17 #4339147

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 14 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12338 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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