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42-107175

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 14/3/44; Gr Island 23/3/44; Dow Fd 2/4/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Z] Kimbolton 11/4/44; 526BS; on mission to Merseburg 12/5/44 with Ed Burke, Navigator: Leonard Tew (Killed in Action);

Missing in Action Battle support area 13/8/44 with Marshall Miller, Co-pilot: Russell Dey, Navigator: Don Ramage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hatfield, Radio Operator: Tony Albach, Ball turret gunner: Ed Preno, Waist gunner: George Richardson (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: George Mikels,Tail gunner: John Lynch (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit caused heavy damage, exploded in mid-air, crashed Pont le Beck, E of Vire, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7906.

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

  • Anthony Albach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

  • Edward Burke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Edward Burke served as a pilot with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Kimbolton, England. He completed 35 missions.

  • Russell Dey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • John Hatfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

  • John Lynch

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Pont Le Bech on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42107175

  • George Mikels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Pont Le Beck on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42107175

  • Marshall Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

  • Edward Preno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Bech in B-17 #42107175

  • Donald Ramage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

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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) Germany 12 May 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) France 13 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2014 17:41:36 Lucy May Changes to markings and media associations
Sources

Identity of the aircraft in FRE 6224 and FRE 6242 was confirmed by researcher Richard Lewis (http://sites.google.com/site/swampfiresite/home)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15194 / MACR 7906 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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