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42-102675

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 27/4/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Bill Smithdeal, Co-pilot: Henry Bengis, Navigator: Don Huhta, Bombardier: Chas Vevier*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orville Sindelar*, Radio Operator: Grayson Schroeder, Ball turret gunner: Pete Schramko*, Waist gunner: Jacob Bissing*, Tail gunner: George Koehl (9 POW- * these three were recorded as evaded capture in another record);
Caused by flak, crash landed along Maldegemseweg Canal, near Kneselare, Aeltrebruegge, Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report 8900.

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

People

  • Henry Bengis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jacob Bissing

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Evaded.

  • Donald Huhta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Koehl

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Grayson Schroeder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Shramko

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orville Sindelar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Evaded.

  • William Smithdeal

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    21 combat missions; battle damage on 21st mission over Germany (11 September 1944) in B-17 #42102675; crash landed in Belgium, taken as Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany; liberated by Soviets in May 1945. Separated March 1946....

  • Carl Stibbens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Wheels-up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. Returned to Duty (RTD). 32 x combat missions. 10 flown on 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. He was shot down twice over enemy lines. ...

  • Charles Vevier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42102675. Evaded.

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) Merseburg, Germany 11 September 1944
Crashed Maldegemseweg, 9910 Knesselare, Belgium 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8900 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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