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42-29946

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43;

Missing in Action Huls 22/6/43 with Capt Erskine Dollarhide, Navigator: Nathan Egnor, Bombardier: Frank Wacha, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Boies, Radio Operator: Leon Berger, Tail gunner: Jim McLaughlin (baled out but died on the ground): 6 Killed in Action;

Co-pilot: Walt Nachtway, Ball turret gunner: Henry Hoehn, Waist gunner: Gerald Erdahl, Waist gunner: Lloyd Donelson (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft & flak, crashed Mussum, four miles SW of Bocholt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1294.

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

  • William Barnard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: PH.

  • Leon Berger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator SSgt Leon Berger was Killed in Action flying his fourth and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their...

  • Earl Boies

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner/Engineer Technical Sgt Earl J Boies was Killed In Action flying his fourth and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. ...

  • Marvin Charlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: AM, PH.

  • Henry Cushman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: AM, PH.

  • Erskine Dollarhide

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Capt. Erskine Dollarhide Jr was Killed In Action flying his third and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Huls Germany on June 22, 1943. As part of a composite strike force of the 525thBS/379th BG (H) & 303rd BG (H) Dollarhide led...

  • Francis Donahue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: Purple Heart

  • Lloyd Donelson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    SSgt Lloyd Donelson (LT Waist) Survived his final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. After enemy aircraft attacked his B17F 42-29946 with 20 mm cannon fire he was able to move from the waist to the nose of...

  • Nathan Egnor

    Civilian | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt Nathan Egnor Navigator was Killed In Action flying his fourth and final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching...

  • Gerald Erdahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    SSgt Gerald Erdahl (RT Waist) Survived his final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching the IP of their bomb run. His...

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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) Germany 22 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 21:38:37 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Marchese; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 11:15:24 Hobie@64205 Changes to media associations
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B17 F

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 21:57:59 Hobie@64205 Changes to person associations
Sources

4229946

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 20:46:10 Hobie@64205 Changes to description
Sources

Wacha

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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