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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 10/2/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [WA-O] Kimbolton 11/4/44; Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with Tom Butcher, Co-pilot: Joe Wells, Navigator: Franklin Vita, Bombardier: Dick Daniels, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Reid, Radio Operator: Rollin Bonham, Ball turret gunner: Ben Burseth, Waist gunner: Rudi Supper,Tail gunner: Ralph Crawford (9INT); flak damage, crashed Espinal-Mezquiriz, Navarra, Spain; Missing Air Crew Report 6737. POWERFUL KATRINKA.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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


  • Rollin Boneham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Bennie Burseth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Butcher

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Richard Daniels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 powerful Katrina 42-107068. INT.

  • Robert Reid

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • John Sterling

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    Working 25 straight hours on occasion to ensure aircraft is mission ready. He would not declare an aircraft combat fit unless certain it was in perfect flying condition and passed the pre-flight check without a glitch. Not comfortable with the position...

  • Rudolph Supper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Franklin Vita

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Wells

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


  • 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....


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 25 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6737 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database