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42-29746

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Gt Falls 23/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salinas, Cal 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 12/7/43; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with George Kain {wia, died 4/8/43}, Co-pilot: Dan London, Bombardier: John Crawford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Ferguson, Radio Operator: Bill Cloud, Ball turret gunner: Bob Walker,Tail gunner: Truair Halbert (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ray Mailloux, Waist gunner: Bill Russi, Waist gunner: Vernon Bennett (3 Prisoner of War); flak, ship exploded & crashed Elden S of Arnhem, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1355. EXCALIBER.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vernon Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

  • William Cloud

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group

  • John Crawford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

  • John Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier,8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

  • James Goodson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    This is the basic story of James Goodson's early life and military service as excerpted from his self-published book “Once Upon a Time Until Now” 2007. Excerpting was by Richard Picard, husband of Gwenneth Price, a 1st Cousin of Dorthy Jayne Price,...

  • Truair Halbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

  • George Kain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel London

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Mailloux

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

  • William Russi

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #4229746. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 8 June 1943 B-17 #42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov....

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Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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....

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1355 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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