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42-29776

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Gore 2/3/43; Tinker 5/4/43; Romulus 12/4/43; Presque Is 26/4/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 19/7/43; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW-F] Alconbury 21/7/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Sam Gaffield, Co-pilot: Thoralf Carlson, Navigator: Steve Namjestink, Bombardier: Hector De Vargas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Grossman, Radio Operator: John Ehrenzeller, Ball turret gunner: Fred Landis, Waist gunner: Art Skelton,Tail gunner: Bill Forsythe (9 Killed in Action), Waist gunner: Ramey Gray (Prisoner of War); coll with enemy aircraft, crashed Grettstadt, SE of Goshsheim, SE of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1353.

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

  • 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 ...

  • Thorade Carlson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hector De Vargis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Ehrenzeller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Forsythe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Samuel Gaffield

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Ramey Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Grossman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Landis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft ME 109 on 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229776. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Steve Namjestink

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

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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...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1353 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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