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42-29773

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 14/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-F] Kimbolton 22/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 29/5/43 with Capt John Hall, Co-pilot: Willard Thomas, Navigator: Bill Koves, Bombardier: Jim Griffith (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mike Belock, Radio Operator: Frank Adrick, Ball turret gunner: Bob Vanderstraeten, Waist gunner: Clarry Gallamore, Waist gunner: George Hague, Tail gunner: Bob Kuehl (6 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Kerdavid, 10 miles E of Lorient, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1370.

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

  • Frank Adrick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Belock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Gallamore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Griffith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Hague

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 ' Up & At 'Em', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hall

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Koves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kuehl

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Malone

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group

  • Willard Thomas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29773 'Up & At 'Em', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • 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 29 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 21:05:43 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Freeman; ... Story

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 20:31:45 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the "Summary biography" sections of several crew including pilot “John O Hall”.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 20:27:38 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1370 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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