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42-102961

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Dow Fd 6/6/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 28/6/44; Missing in Action French Noball site 17/7/44 with Steve Barish, Co-pilot: Wainwright Twing, Navigator: Art Connors, Bombardier: Joaquin Ponce, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Savio, Radio Operator: Bob Bluemling, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Murray, Waist gunner: Ken Sexton,Tail gunner: Elbert Miner (9 Killed in Action); flak, disappeared in clouds on return, crashed Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 7839.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Stephen Barish

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bluemling

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Arthur Connors

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed in channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Elbert Miner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Clyde Murray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Joaquin Ponce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Frank Savio

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Kenneth Sexton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-17 #42102961

  • Wainwright Twing

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

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) France 17 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7839 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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