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42-29934

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/3/43; Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Selfridge 27/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator: Bill Meyer, Bombardier: Chester Gwinn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mike Curtin, Radio Operator: Roger Tatum, Ball turret gunner: Alex Robert, Waist gunner: Carl Moak, Waist gunner: Frank Wininger,Tail gunner: John Rogers (10 Killed in Action); hit by bomb from above, crashed Nantes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1348. Shot down by Anti-Aircraft Fire at Brest, France during Nantes mission over France
Sep 16, 1943. MACR 1348.

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

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD. ...

  • Michael Curtin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Andrew Dutch

    Military | Major | Group Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (3OLC), AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • Chester Gwinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Robert McGraw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29934, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Meyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Moak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Murray

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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
14 March 2019 00:59:22 cody1947 Changes to description
Sources

Aircraft Record Card and unit reports

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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