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42-31040

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43. [The crewmen shown in FRE 1236 would have been Captain Arvid Dahl's crew:
Pilot Captain Arvid O. Dahl, Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Charles N. Ballou Jr, Navigator 2nd Lt Charles E.
Hebert Jr, Bombardier 2nd Lt Charles M. Olson, Radio Operator/Gunner S/Sgt Edgar A. Delaney Jr, Top Turret Gunner S/Sgt John B. McCullen, Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Marshall L. Fisher, Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Robert (NMI) Rickel, Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Edgar M. Taylor.]
Missing in Action Frankfurt 29 January 1944 with Capt Douglas K. Hoverkamp, Navigator: Meyles A. Sheppard, Radio Operator: Orvin V. Taylor, Ball Turret gunner: Benjamin H. St John, Left Waist gunner: Clement C. Budelman, Right Waist gunner: Howard W. Lawson, Tail Gunner: Warren J. Prosperi (7 evaded capture). Co-pilot: Ernest J. Hoppe, Bombardier: Frank Paisano Jr (initially evaded-arrested in May 1944), Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Wendell J. Shepard (initially evaded-captured 28 March 1944 in Friedrichssegen, SE of Koblenz, Germany, on his way to Switzerland) - (3 Prisoners of War). Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2873. DUFFY'S TAVERN.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Ballou

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clement Budelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arvid Dahl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 tours (47 missions) Schweinfurt August 1943 and 14 October 1943; acting C. O. 524th Sq August - November 1944; Pilot B-17 first (and only) glide bomb mission on Cologne 1943; flew only squadron Group Wing leads...

  • 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.

  • Ernest Hoppe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and 1Lt Frank Paisano....

  • Douglas Hoverkamp

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded with T/Sgt Orvin V. Taylor and 1Lt Frank Paisano. EVD. MACR 2873 ...

  • Howard Lawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded (EVD) MACR 2873 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John McCullen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany in B17 42-29933, landed with severe bomb damage. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick in B-17 42-31535; shot down by enemy aircraft on 30-Jan-44, baled out near Essern, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2876 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Paisano

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Hoverkamp crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down; crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium. Evaded initially with Capt Douglas Hoverkamp and T/Sgt Orvin...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

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 13 September 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 13-Sep-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 27 September 1943

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium 29 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt 29-Jan-44; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Chenogne, near Sibret, 7km SW of Bastogne, Belgium.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 11:47:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28746283

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 15:05:25 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 2873

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2020 14:23:05 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

Changed key image, as the names of the crewmen shown in FRE 1236 are mentioned in the Biography for 42-31040 and refer thus to this photo and not to FRE 1228

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2018 22:19:03 cody1947 Changes to description
Sources

Mission Records of the 379th BG

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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