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42-29892

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6 Marcg 1943; Sioux City 18 March 1943; Kearney 8 April 1943; Bangor 14 April 1943. Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-N] Kimbolton 22 April 1943. Missing in Action Bochum 25 June 1943 with Pilot: Douglas K. Groom; Co-pilot: Frank T. Pulaski; Radio Operator: Thomas P. Lyons; Right Waist gunner: Thaddeus Z. Burzycki; Tail gunner: Frank A. Mills (5 Killed in Action). Navigator: Arthur C. Bellmeyer; Bombardier: Thomas S. Mortenson; Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Howard H. Brinkman; Left Waist gunner: Ralph E. Weaver; Tail gunner: James C. Bowers (5 Prisoner of War). Lost contact with formation and was attacked by enemy aircraft. Went down in flames and crashed near Neu Arenberg, 7km NW of Freisoythe, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report- MACR 1758.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Bellmyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Bowers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Brinkman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thaddeus Burzycki

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Douglas Groom

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Lyons

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Thomas Lyons was Radio Operator in the 379th Bomb Group / 557th Bomb Squadron. He was killed on his 4th mission on 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29892. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Mills

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Mortenson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892 mission to Hamburg U-Boat pens. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Pulaski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4229892. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

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) Neu Arenberg, 7km NW of Friesoyhte, Germany 25 June 1943

The pilot seemed to have difficulty at controlling the B-17 and it lost contact with formation. Was then attacker and shot down by Germen fighters. Crashed near Neu Arenberg, 7km NW of Friesoyhte, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2016 10:27:19 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1758

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1758 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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