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42-29901

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 18/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-K] Kimbolton 22/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Walt Euwer, Co-pilot: Len Brown, Navigator: Sten Evans, Bombardier: Ed Connolly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Hamilton,Tail gunner: Cliff Hart (6KIA-all found in wreckage); Radio Operator: Sam Blatchford, Ball turret gunner: Elmer Schroeder, Waist gunner: Alf Held, Waist gunner: Cyril Koval (4 evaded capture); hit by bomb from above, crashed Redon, near Rennes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1347.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Samuel Blatchford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229901. Evaded. Died 2008. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  • Leonard Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229901. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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.

  • Edward Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-29901. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Euwer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229901. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sten Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • George Gabriel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat mission. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229901. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Hart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229901. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Held

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Radio Operator; Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    18 Sept 1943 Shot down on Nantes France Ball bearings mission, Prisoner of War (POW)

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 16 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1347 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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