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42-31028

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio Operator: Ole Nelson, Ball turret gunner: Don Harmon, Waist gunner: Leo Borkowski (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bill Bonin, Waist gunner: Rufus Till,Tail gunner: Ray Veiders (3 Prisoner of War); flak set bomb bay afire, ship left formation, crashed Gattrup, near Senden/Westfalen, nine miles SW of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2872. MOJO.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Leo Borkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • James Fallon

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ole Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Robins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rufus Till

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Prisoner of War (POW). Thrown clear by explosion. POW

  • Raymond Veiders

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, GR on a mission to Wernigeerode, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31028. Prisoner of War (POW).

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) Belgium 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 10:20:42 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and person associations
Sources

Removed instruction from nickname field ('You have the wrong aircraft pictured here. You have 42-31023. When we search for aircraft 42-31028- this is what comes up. 42-31028 was a 379th BG assigned to the 524th BS Fuselage Code WA-C - Nose Art "Mojo"') as mistake now rectified.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 03:21:56 cody1947 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Aircraft Record Card and the 379th BG anthology.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2872 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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