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42-29898

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 19/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Bangor 13/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-K/I] Kimbolton 22/4/43; Missing in Action Bochum 12/8/43 with Ralph Osborne, Radio Operator: Mildred Fambrough, Ball turret gunner: Larry Truman, Waist gunner: Warren Dayton, Waist gunner: Chas Irwin,Tail gunner: Howie Scruggs (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Les Jones, Navigator: Bill Hand, Bombardier: Tom Wickham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pat Keenan (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed near Metternich, NW of Bonn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1762.

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

  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought of fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

  • John Bradley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget in B-17 42-29866; Shot down by flak 16-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Willis Carlisle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Fatally wounded by fighter attack in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission. Took deflected round (ricocheted off co-pilots seat) in back. Crew fought of fighters and co-pilot returned A/C...

  • Warren Dayton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229898 'Scarlett O'Hara. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mildred Fambrough

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229898 'Scarlett O'Hara. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Hand

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 7 missions-- ...

  • Charles Irwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Benjamin Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget in B-17 42-29866; Shot down by flak 16-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 1352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leslie Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229898 'Scarlett O'Hara. ' Burned on left side of face and arm. Also had appendix removed while in Prisoner of War (POW) camp Air Medal; Purple Heart; POW Medal

  • Patrick Keenan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229898 'Scarlett O'Hara. ' was taken Prisoner of War (POW). and died of his injuries in the crash while a Prisoner of War (POW) POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1762 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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