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42-29886

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Selfridge 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 23/4/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Harry Moses, Co-pilot: Sam Giorgianni, Navigator: Bill Lordan, Bombardier: Delmar Bonham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joshua Rowton (5 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Nick Pallotta, Ball turret gunner: Joe Nicosia, Waist gunner: Bill Gower, Waist gunner: Edgar Montgomery,Tail gunner: Mike Patti (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ripsdorf, five miles S of Blankenheim, 43 miles E of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2871. SCHEHERAZADE.

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

  • Delmar Bonham

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Gabriel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat mission. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sam Giorgianni

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Gower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Lordan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Mattan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed after baling out of B17 42-29886 'Scheherazade' over Dutch coast.

  • Edgar Montgomery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Moses

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Nicosia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' 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 29 January 1944
misc info 29 January 1944

• crew on 29 jan 1944 : 1Lt Harry P Moses (pilot) POW - was born on jan 3rd, 1916 - passed away on aug 21st, 2005 F/O Sam A Giorgianni (co-pilot) POW 1Lt William C Lordan (navigator) POW - was born on sept 27th, 1918 - passed away on june 15th, 1994 1Lt Delmar F Bonham (bombardier) POW T/Sgt Nicholas C Pallotta (radio operator) KIA T/Sgt Joshua E Rowton (engineer) POW - was born on june 13th, 1920 - passed away on oct 25th, 1985 S/Sgt Joseph A Nicosia (ball turret gunner) KIA S/Sgt William R Gower (left waist gunner) KIA S/Sgt Edgar A Montgomery Jr (right waist gunner) KIA - was born on dec 18th, 1922 S/Sgt Michael J Patti (tail gunner) KIA - was born on feb 5th, 1917
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• two men were KIA on 17 july 1943 (mission to Hanover, Lt Wooldridge' crew ) : 2Lt George J Mattan (navigator) was born on jan 25th, 1920 2Lt Wendell O Palmer (bombardier) stand by' bail out order misinterpreted by them.
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• Scheherazade, sometimes Scheherazadea, is a legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". Persian transliteration Shahrazad or Shahrz?d.
by steve_cole · Share
• 42-29886 "Scheherazade" (assigned to 379th BG 525th BS FR-H on 23 april 43) mia over Francfort on 29 jan 1944 with Moses crew, macr 2871 - 5 KIA 5 POW

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 18:50:37 CRJohnstonjr Changes to media associations
Sources

wrong bomb group not 379 BG but 477 BG

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 18:08:45 CRJohnstonjr Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

research from https://sites.google.com/site/379thbgnoseart/home

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 17:38:53 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/55703721?ann=be5d9a80-7d98-11de-3d33-3210255...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2871 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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