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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station] on Aphrodite drone flying bomb attack. Control crew Capt Jack L Hodson & Lt Lloyd L Lawing baled out over UK. 1/1/45. STUMP JUMPER.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1

    Headquarters

People

  • Constant Anszperger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.28 x combat missions. ETD 12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage. in B17 42-29933. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Armstrong

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #423300. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • 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...

  • Weldon Bledsoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War(POW). MACR 2872 ...

  • John Bradley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 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

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD. ...

  • Wallace Buttrey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 combat missions. Mission list attached to database form. Flew in B-17s called 'Mojo,' 'Flack Rabbit,' and 'Stump Jumper. ' DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Clusters/ ATO/ EAME w/ 3 battle stars/ WW II VM/ DUC

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Charles Daniel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, 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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • 424

    19 June 1944

  • 774

    1 January 1945

Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance 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....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Oldenburg, Germany 1 January 1945

Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station] on Aphrodite drone flying bomb attack. Control crew Capt Jack L Hodson & Lt Lloyd L Lawing baled out over UK. 1/1/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:34:51 TennyBelle Changes to mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 09:13:10 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 09:07:23 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 09:01:37 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2015 23:34:59 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
www.fold3.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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