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42-30107

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/43; Pendleton 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/6/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Weldon Homes, Co-pilot: Bill Griffith, Navigator: Leo Gladin, Bombardier: Bob Andrews, Radio Operator: Milton Bailey, Waist gunner: Marshall Sanford, Waist gunner: Verne Shovan,Tail gunner: Roy Dillbeck (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Winston Tinker, Ball turret gunner: Wilbur Koleon (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Wieste, near Quakenbruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1366. BLACK MAGIC.

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

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Andrews was shot down on a mission to Hamburg on 25 June 1943 when his B-17 #42-30107 "Black Magic" was attacked by enemy aircraft. Andrews bailed out of the crashing aircraft after his Navigator. He was taken Prisoner of War on landing. ...

  • Milton Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Dillbeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107 on mission to Hamburg U-Boat Pens. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Gladin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Griffith

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Weldon Holmes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107 - 'Black Magic'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wilbur Koloen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Marshall Sanford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Verne Shovan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Winston Tinker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #4230107. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 25 June 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1366 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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