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42-29963

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-I] Kimbolton 11/6/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Pilot Glenn E. Camp Jr (EVD-POW); Navigator: Jarvis H. Cooper (EVD-POW); Co-pilot: Joseph F. Fitzgerald (KIA); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Richard R. Giersch (KIA); Ball turret gunner: Marcus C. Pierce (KIA); Tail gunner: Robert E. Cross (KIA); Bombardier: Edward J. Donaldson (EVD); Radio Operator: Milton J. Mills Jr (EVD); Left Waist gunner: Neelan B. Parker (EVD), Right Waist gunner: Douglas J. Farr (EVD); flak and enemy fighters, crashed between Ully-Saint-Georges and La Chapelle-Saint-Pierre, Oise, France. Missing Air Crew Report 1977. JUDY.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Glenn Camp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jarvis Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Initially evaded, helped by the Belgian COMET evasion network. Arrested on his way to Spain in a train from Paris to Bordeaux, 6 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. See his...

  • Robert Cross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Donaldson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    On 30 December 1943, flak over Ludwigshaven knocked out engine of B-17 #4229963. Subsequent fighter attack at lower altitude. Parachuted area of Bonvilliers. Evaded (EVD).

  • James Dyson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland 10-May-43. Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352 ...

  • Douglas Farr

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Evaded.

  • Joseph Fitzgerald

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Giersch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Milton Mills

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29963. Evaded capture, helped by French citizens and evasion networks. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1977 - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 689 ( https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555329 ).

  • Neelan Parker

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Evaded.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

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) Ully-Saint-Georges, France 30 December 1943

Shot down by Flak and German fighters. Crashed between Ully-Saint-Georges and La Chapelle Saint-Pierre (Oise), France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 15:46:04 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records database
NARA WWII POW database
MACR 1977.
Research for www.evasioncomete.org on Jarvis Cooper's evasion and arrest.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1977 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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