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42-29747

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 12/7/43; coll with 42-31441 (303BG), crashed Catworth, Hunts. UK, assembling for Kiel 5/1/44 with Dale Killian, Co-pilot: Paul Chamberlain, Navigator: Bob DeGroff, Bombardier: Remy Bourque, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Huberet McIntyre, Radio Operator: Earl Crumpton, Ball turret gunner: Harry Hancock, Waist gunner: Vic Morphonios, Waist gunner: Ken Matlak,Tail gunner: Morris Weiss (10 Killed in Action); Salvaged. RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI II.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War(POW). MACR 2872 ...

  • Remy Bourque

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Paul Chamberlain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Earl Crumpton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Robert DeGroff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Harry Hancock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Dale Killion

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F 42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Kenneth Matlack

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Hubert McIntyre

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

  • Victor Morphonios

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17F #42-29747 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi II'. Mid-air collision during assembly.

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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

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Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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