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42-29890

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Bangor 14/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 22/4/43; then 526BS [LF-J]; battle damaged Anklam 9/10/43 crash landed base near base on return, with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank Mailanander, Navigator: Bob Romme (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: Leroy Blair, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Art Patterson, Radio Operator: Emery Davenport, Ball turret gunner: Ken Barnett, Waist gunner: Jerry Gentile, Waist gunner: Maurice Cheramie, Tail gunner: Ed Hobbs (wia) (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 10/10/43. MADAME PISONYER aka STUPIFIER.

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
  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Constant Anszperger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage in B-17 42-29933. RTD. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Barnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 31 December 1943, B17 A/C #4239762 was damaged and landed at Rattlesdam after mission to Gironde. Bochna crew. ...

  • Leroy Blair

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Oct. 9, 1943 in the 'Stupefier' B-17F 42-29890 in which crewsuccssfully crash landed in a field near the 379th BG

  • Weldon Bledsoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Bolling

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Original air crew of B-17F 42-29890 'Stupifier'

  • Thomas Cahill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • Maurice Cheramie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    WIA on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed. Earlier incident Oct. 9, 1943 in the 'Stupefier' B-17F 42-29890 in which pilot Maresh succssfully crash landed in a field near the...

  • Harry Colborn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Original air crew of B-17F 42-29890 'Stupifier'

  • William Condon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Original air crew of B-17F 42-29890 'Stupifier'; 25 mission club

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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....

  • Little Staughton

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 potentially as a USAAF bomber base, Little Staughton had three concrete runways, 37 hardstandings, two dispersed T2 hangars and eight Robin hangars. Occupied temporarily from December 1942 by the Advanced Air Depot of the 1st Bomb...

Events

Event Location Date
Salvaged Little Staughton, Bedford MK44, UK 10 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 18:34:37 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 18:32:14 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed on the 379th BG website - see: http://www.379thbga.org/ww2_crewphotos.htm

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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