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42-107146

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44;

Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-G] Kimbolton 11/4/44;

Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Edwin Spencer, Co-pilot: Mervyn Richards, Navigator: Gerard Gallagher, Bombardier: Warren Boone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Chaffin, Radio Operator: George Lively, Waist gunner: Dick Kriederman (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Don Stover,Tail gunner: Chas Marlatt (2RTD-rescued by ASR); en route to target #2 engine fell apart, ditched North Sea, W of Haarlem, Holl; Missing Air Crew Report 8465. MAIRZY DOATS.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Warren Boone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Russell Boyd

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Chaffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 Mairzy Doats #42107146

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerard Gallagher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 Mairzy Doats #42107146 ...

  • Billy Hancock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Koelling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Kriedeman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26 August 1944 when flying as a waist gunner in B-17 Mairzy Doats (serial number 42-107146). The aircraft was damaged by flak and ditched the North Sea.

  • George Lively

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 Mairy Doats #42107146

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Missions

  • 576

    26 August 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 26 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 19:27:25 WaltMordenti Changes to markings
Sources

Walter Mordenti

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:22:07 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Connections made using existing information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8465 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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