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42-29937

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered 13/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 306BS/306BG [BO-N] Thurleigh 23/5/43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 27/6/43; Missing in Action Rennes 23/9/43 with Leslie Braidenthal, Bombardier: George Padgett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Small, Radio Operator: Jim McKinley, Ball turret gunner: Mike Pitzo, Waist gunner: Joe Mayo, Waist gunner: Gordon Shaw, Tail gunner: Waldo Rickett (8 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Arnold Wornson, Navigator: Sid Elskes (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Rennes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1051.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leslie Breidenthal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    23 Sept 1943 Nantes mission 'last seen burning but was under control 5 chutes seen. ' Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Neil Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Gunner, Togglier/Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230832. Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Prisoner of War (POW) from 26 Nov. 1943 to 04 May 1945. He was at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388. POW

  • Sydney Elskes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Evaded.

  • Joseph Mayo

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James McKinley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Padgett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Evaded through France until he was picked up at train station in Paris on 2 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Mike Pitzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Waldo Rickett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gordon Shaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Small

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 September 1943 in B-17 #4229937. Prisoner of War (POW). 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....

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Rennes, France 23 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1051 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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