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42-30309

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 23/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 21/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Sexton, Co-pilot: John Goettel, Navigator: Bill LaDow, Bombardier: Joe Lee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Preston Wells, Radio Operator: Vince Leonard, Ball turret gunner: Ed Schad, Waist gunner: Jim Leckey, Tail gunner: Joe Sheppard (9 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Talmadge Naron (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Niederwetz, five miles S of Wetzlar, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1763. RAGING RED.

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

  • John Goettel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William LaDow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Leckey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD. 9 x combat missions. Shot down 17-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30309 'Raging Red'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1763 ...

  • Joe Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW), In Stalag Luft III Center Compound. POW

  • Vincent Leonard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Talmadge Naron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Edward Schad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Sexton

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Sheppard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Preston Wells

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30309 'Raging Red', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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
28 May 2020 19:23:46 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 14:39:14 phil marchese Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

See image.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1763 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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