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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Syracuse 7/4/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG Bassingbourn 18/4/43, then 332BS; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-K] Alconbury 26/7/43; 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 5/9/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/10/43 with Joe Ondo, Co-pilot: Bob Regnier, Navigator: Bill Morter, Bombardier: Joe LaSpada, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Sims, Radio Operator: Floyd Rye, Ball turret gunner: Joe Ruth, Waist gunner: Chas Freund, Waist gunner: Jerome Hannon,Tail gunner: Lou Peterson (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Paris, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 960. BAD PENNY.

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

  • Charles Freund

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Made 5 raids--hit 3 times. Forced landing on 2nd or 3rd (English Fighter Base). Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ PH/ POW

  • Jerome Hannon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Morter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Ondo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Petersen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Puca

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner / Togglier, Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Robert Regnier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Ruth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Floyd Rye

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Sims

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Frankfort on 4 October 1943 in B-17 #4229713. 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...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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) France 4 October 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 960 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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