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44-6004

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 2/4/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 18/4/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-D] Kimbolton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24 August 1944 with Pilot Donald B. Bruns, Co-pilot: Robert D. Teran, Navigator: Ewan Siddall, Bombardier: Russell H. Wolfe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Thomas Jewell, Tail gunner: Donald E. Prigmore (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Harry C. Dupee, Ball turret gunner: Marvin E. Gammons, Waist gunner: Raymond L. Grow (3 Killed in Action). Hit by Flak 3 minutes before scheduled bomb drop; exploded and crashed near Milzau / Burgstaden, 5 km NW of Merseburg, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8284.

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

  • Donald Bruns

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 August 1944 on his 21st mission. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III. Liberated May 1945. ...

  • Harry Dupee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #446004

  • Marvin Gammons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 #446004

  • Raymond Grow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 #446004

  • Thomas Jewell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #44-6004 POW

  • Donald Prigmore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 8/24/44 in B-17 #446004 POW

  • Ralph Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ewan Siddall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    He was not Killed In Action as previously mentioned on his page, but survived and was made a Prisoner of War after bailing out of B-17 44-6004, which crashed near Merseburg, Germany on 24 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Robert Teran

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

  • Robert Teran

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot Robert Teran was captured after the crash of B-17 #44-6004 near Merseburg, Germany on 24 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

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Missions

  • 568

    24 August 1944

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 24 August 1944

Hit by Flak over Merseburg, exploded before hitting ground. Crashed 2km East of Burgstaden (near Milzau, 5km Northwest of Merseburg)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2018 12:28:42 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8284
Corrected typos in Pilot and Navigator last names.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8284 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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