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44-8369

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 22/8/44; Langley 24/9/44; Dow Fd 4/10/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 18/11/44; battle damaged Kassel 14/2/45 with Jim Brown, John Payleitner, Joe Smith, Bill Adams (4 Killed in Action); rest (RTD?); crash landed Bolvoax, Bel; repaired & ret gp; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46.

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...

People

  • William Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Plane #448369 crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier also killed. TTG died of wounds

  • James Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Dresden viaduct 13 Feb 1945 mission. Plane crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium, Brown was Killed in Action (KIA) in crash

  • Donald Hornbeck

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD. Plane #448369 crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier also killed. TTG died of wounds/ Hornbeck suffered dislocated knee

  • John Payleitner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    19 Sept 1944 Hamm Germany mission 'Gilded Orion' ditched in English Channel and all crew saved. Plane crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier also killed. TTG died of wounds

  • Joseph Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Plane (serial number 44-8369) crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier killed. Top Turret Gunner died of wounds.

  • Phillip Speasmaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Plane #448369 crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier also killed. TTG died of wounds, RTD

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 22:23:40 Lucy May Changes to person associations
Sources

Connected this aircraft with crew member Philip Speasmaker: http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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