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44-6133

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Y] Kimbolton 8/6/44; on return from mission 19/6/44 with Armand Ramcitti, Co-pilot: Bill Hager, Navigator: Don Watson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Tognazzini, Radio Operator: Dick Ritter, Ball turret gunner: John Burke, Waist gunner: Paul Haynes,Tail gunner: Warren Oaks (8 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Theo Chronopolos (Returned to Duty); mid air collision with 42-97942, HEAVENLY BODY II, which crashed off Canvey Point mudbank, Essex, UK; Salvaged. 44-6133 crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent where there is now a memorial to her crew.

The full story of the collision can be found here:
https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/the-story-of-two-b-17s-c...

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-97942 'Heavenly Body II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 23/5/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 24/5/44; on return from mission to Enguine/Catts 19/6/44 with Lloyd Burns, Bombardier: Jack Gray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Gibbs, Radio...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

People

  • John Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Chronopolis

    Military | Captain | Bombardier; Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Returning from Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Sole survivor from A/C. WIA / RTD. MACR 6984 ...

  • William Hager

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Paul Haynes

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Warren Oaks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Armand Ramacitti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Richard Ritter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

  • Cecil Tognazzini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984. Cecil's body was never...

  • Donald Watson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 44-6133; Due to extensive Flak damage, A/C collided with 42-97942 and crashed at Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6984 Awards: PH.

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

  • 424

    19 June 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
Assigned Kimbolton, UK 8 June 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Off Canvey Island, UK 19 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission 19-Jun-44; mid air collision with 42-97942, crashed Allhallows-On-Sea, Kent. 1 x RTD, 8 x KIA. MACR 6984

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 02:55:56 madmitch56 Changes to description
Sources

Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2019 07:29:24 madmitch56 Changes to description and events
Sources

Mitch Peeke.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2019 10:21:39 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28680891

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2019 19:51:40 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28680891

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2019 19:18:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28680891

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6984 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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