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42-29624

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina, KS 9/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth [BN-W] 6/4/43; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 27/7/43; 527BS/379BG [FO-N] Kimbolton 13/9/43; on night instructional flight for new pilots [sp=student pilot] 31/3/44 with Arthur Hunter, sp-Fred Markle, sp-Leland Albright, sp-Ralph Wells, sp-Harry McGehee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Stibbens, Radio Operator: Jim Leckey (7 Returned to Duty); check list not completed, ship landed with gear retracted – pilot error; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 5/4/44, Salvaged. PAPPY.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leland Albright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD.

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irue Ferguson

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Morris Folkman

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Hunter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD.

  • James Leckey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist 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'. RTD. 9 x combat missions. Shot down 17-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30309 'Raging Red'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1763 ...

  • Frederic Markle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD.

  • Harold McGehee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD.

  • Thomas Mulligan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229640 'Old Ironsides. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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....

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 24 January 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Jan-43.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 6 April 1943

Assigned 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Alconbury, UK 27 July 1943

Transferred 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Kimbolton UK 13 September 1943

Transferred 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Kimbolton, UK 31 March 1944

On night instructional flight for new pilots 31-Mar-44; check list not completed, ship landed with gear retracted – pilot error. 7 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2019 20:03:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-29624-pappy/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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