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42-29864

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/2/43; Gore 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Bangor 28/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 3/5/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Courtney Browne, Navigator: Stan Cohen, Bombardier: Chas Dunham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Nima, Ball turret gunner: Chas Johnson, Waist gunner: Carl Louis, Waist gunner: Melvin Eckert,Tail gunner: Jim Franklin (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Harry Hodgin, Radio Operator: Clarry Mertz (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed between Mull and Dorpen, Ger. close to Dutch border. Missing Air Crew Report 1759.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Courtney Browne

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stanley Cohen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Dunham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Melvin Eckert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29864, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Franklin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Hilderbrand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Harry Hodgin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Lima

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Louis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229864. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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) Germany 25 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1759 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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