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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

  • 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

People

  • 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 ...

  • Leo Borkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 . ...

  • 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

  • James Fallon

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Marshall Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in 1938 initially serving with military police. Transferred to US air Corp in 1942. Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Part of Ed Mueller's crew. Hospitalised by frostbite, hence not with his regular crew when they were lost in B-17 42-29724...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Ole Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

  • John Robins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 4 September 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF4-Sep-43.

Assigned RAF Kimbolton, UK 19 November 1943

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Munster, Germany 22 February 1944 – 22 February 1944

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. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 2872

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2019 16:48:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28746140

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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