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42-3023

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Rapid City 14/12/42; Memphis with Bob Gates, force landed Kansas City Apt. 7/4/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-V] Presque Is 18/5/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-F] Kimbolton 8/6/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is, 25/6/43 with Tom Simones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Polcover, Ball turret gunner: Joe Noonan, Waist gunner: Norbert Meyer,Tail gunner: Norman Schoolcraft (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Jack Schmitt, Navigator: Hal Aebischer, Bombardier: Thornton Baker, Radio Operator: Gerald Metthe, Waist gunner: Fred Hartt (5POW-all caught by farmers and home defense with Baker evading Nazi Youth for the longest of them all; five days); enemy aircraft, crashed near Brahe, East Friesland, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1365. BOOZENESS.

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

  • Harold Aebischer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thornton Baker

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Hartt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald Metthe

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norbert Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Noonan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Fred Polcover

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Schmitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Schoolcraft

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #423023. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Simones

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • 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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 07:01:27 MegJ7 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Baker's grandchild

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1365 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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