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42-29893

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 22/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 24/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Floyd H. Jamerson - Pilot, and Radio Operator -John F. Paznar both Killed in Action; Earl H. Guyette - Co-pilot, Joseph F. Burkowski - navigator, Alvin M. Rabun -Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Charles T. Gray - ball-turret gunner, James P. Reid - waist gunner, and Howard E. Moody - waist gunner were all captured; John N. Beilstein - bombardier, and John Semach - tail gunner evaded and escaped and returned to duty. Plane was shot down by Fw-190 20mm cannon that hit cockpit, killing pilot and severely wounding Paznar - Paznar bailed out but died in German custody; German pilot was Josef Lorey. B-17 crashed near La Nouette, 5km NW of Ercé-en-Lamée, Ille-et-Vilaine Department, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1346.

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

  • John Beilstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Evaded.

  • Joseph Burkowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Gray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Guyette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Floyd Jamerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Moody

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Paznar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-29893. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland. Purple Heart, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alvin Rabun

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • James Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Semach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Evaded. Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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) France 16 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 20:07:05 Nimitz41 Changes to description
Sources

Updated information from MAC #1346 and private documents of John N. Beilstein

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 19:54:14 Nimitz41 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Information from Bombardier John N. Beilstein's personal service records

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2018 12:15:34 ED-BB Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Connection with mission number
Changed to correct crash location

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1346 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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