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42-29653

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; {Secret mission 19/5/43}; Assigned 96BG Dow Fd 4/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Alconbury 19/7/43; 525BS/379BG [FR-D] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Dick Jones, Co-pilot: Tom Lair, Navigator: Bob Anderson, Bombardier: Perry Fischer, Ball turret gunner: Bob Wills, Waist gunner: Alby Roberts (6 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Jacobsen, Radio Operator: George Sandner, Waist gunner: Walt Hoffman,Tail gunner: Gerald Hansen (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed near Schrozberg, 31 miles S of Wurzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 956. BAD NEWS.

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

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. ' Probably Prisoner of War (POW) from Oct 14, 1943 when ac B17 42-29653 'Bad News'was attacked by fighters. POW

  • Perry Fischer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. ' POW

  • Gerald Hansen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. '

  • Walter Hoffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. '

  • Clarence Jacobsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. ' AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Richard Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653 'Bad News. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. ' Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Lair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Roberts

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Sandner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Wills

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229653. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier uly 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-5813 'Jackie Ellen. ' 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....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 956 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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