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42-29724

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 24/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Bassingbourn 20/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43;

Transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-K] Alconbury 3/8/43;

Transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-H] Kimbolton 4/9/43; then 526BS [LF-H]; Missing in Action Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ed Mueller, Co-pilot: Carl Helton, Navigator: Pascal Lynott, Bombardier: Turley Bird, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Emery, Radio Operator: Jesse Hembree, Ball turret gunner: Joe Kampf, Waist gunner: Ransom Jacobs, Waist gunner: Herman Thomas,Tail gunner: Bob Blankenship (10 Killed in Action); ditched North Sea, near Frisian Island. Missing Air Crew Report 1718. LITTLE MINNIE.

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...

  • 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...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 332nd Bomb Squadron
  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Turley Bird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4229724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4229724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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.

  • George Emery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Helton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Carl Helton served as a navigator with the 379th Bomb Group. His aircraft (serial number 42-29724) was shot down on 22 December 1943 over the North Sea and he was declared missing in action. Although his body was never recovered, his is commemorated on...

  • Jesse Hembree

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4229724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ransom Jacobs

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Kampf

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 22 Dec 1943 on Osnabruk mission (aircraft factory, A/C went into a dive, 3 chutes were seen. '

  • Pascal Lynott

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4229724. Plane crashed in to North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • 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) English Channel 22 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 12:06:24 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1718 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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