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42-30191

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Merchant, Co-pilot: Jim Sullivan, Navigator: Ernie Keith, Bombardier: Leon Roman, Radio Operator: Johannes Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Bob Tongue, eg-Edgar Van Valkenburg, Waist gunner: Harry Ridgley,Tail gunner: John Wierzbanowski (9 Prisoner of War), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gene Hecht (Killed in Action); flak, crash landed wheels up on road between Elfershausen & Trimburg, 13 miles NW of Schweinfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1765. THE BOLEVICH.

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

  • Kenneth Gibbs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid in B-17 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit' 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350...

  • Gene Hecht

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Johannes Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 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 (OLC), PH.

  • Ernest Keith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Merchant

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Benjamin Radensky

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 20 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid in B-17 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit' 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350...

  • Harold Ridgley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). then killed in Prisoner of War (POW) Camp by SS POW

  • Leonard Roman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230191 'The Bolevich. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 1765 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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