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42-30158

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/43; Tinker 28/4/43; New Castle 29/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Howie Koeppen, Waist gunner: Jack Posemsky (2 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Harry Thomkpson, Navigator: Ed Dennstedt, Bombardier: Bob Thomas, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hurlo, Radio Operator: Floyd Barrowman, Ball turret gunner: Bob Watkins, Waist gunner: Gene Shadick,Tail gunner: Rich Feese (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Abenheim, five miles NW of Worms, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1764. MARY JANE II.

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

  • Floyd Barrowman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230158 'Mary Jane II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought of fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

  • Joseph Blanton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Baled out, "Rather was thrown out of A/C by ships motion" luckily with his parachute. Prisoner of War...

  • Willis Carlisle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Fatally wounded by fighter attack in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission. Took deflected round (ricocheted off co-pilots seat) in back. Crew fought of fighters and co-pilot returned A/C...

  • Edward Dennstedt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230158 'Mary Jane II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Denny

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Richard Feese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Hoveland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Hurlo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230158 'Mary Jane II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Benjamin Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget in B-17 42-29866; Shot down by flak 16-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 1352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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 17 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1764 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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