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42-29896

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Tinker 28/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43.
Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-Y/V] Kimbolton 2/5/43.
Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with John Fawkes, Co-pilot: Chas Mauldin, Navigator: Elmer Bendiner, Bombardier: Bob Hejny, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Reedman, Radio Operator: Fred Reinhard, Ball turret gunner: Walt Gray, Waist gunner: John Leary, Waist gunner: Harry Edwards,Tail gunner: Mike Arooth (10 Returned to Duty); ditched Channel, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue launch HSL180 from Dover, Kent, UK.
No MACR. TONDELAYO.

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

  • Michael Arooth

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Officially credited with nine enemy aircraft destroyed as detailed in The Mighty Eighth by Roger Freeman. He received head injuries when The Tondelayo...

  • Elmer Bendiner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Bohn Fawkes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 combat missions. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Robert Hejny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • John Leary

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. 3 Purple Hearts, Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Charles Mauldin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    8 June 1943 B-17 42276 was returning to BW1 to collect codes and allied papers left at the control office, when a/c suffered damage on landing. Crew is listed with the Reed Prov. Bomb Group. ...

  • Lawrence Reedman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Frederic Reinhard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

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
Crashed 6 September 1943

Ditched in English Channel. All crew rescued.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 11:47:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Updated bio details from 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces' Bishop & Hey.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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