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42-31189

B-17 Flying Fortress

(GH) Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Memphis 4/11/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 22/11/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Bob Harrah, Co-pilot: Bob Giles, Bombardier: Joe Ashbrook, Ball turret gunner: Ken Mays (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Dick Tracy, Radio Operator: John Alexanian, Waist gunner: Frank Garofalo,Tail gunner: Bill Campbell (4 evaded capture); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Cimino (KIA – actually after joining Resistance in Belgium was killed bu German machine gun fire on 10/9/44); flak KO’d #3, crashed Noord-Oost-Polder, NE of Emmeloord, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 7358.

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 Alexanian

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Leumer on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4231189

  • Joseph Ashbrook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Leumer on 7/7/44 in B-17# 4231189 POW

  • Richard Asplund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awads: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Leumer on 7/7/44 in B-17 42-31189. Retired as LtCol. Wrote the following (summarized) 7 July 1944 forced down to Leipzig, 'The flak was heavy. . . we tried to return to base. . . over Holland and the...

  • 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.

  • Phillip Cimino

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Leumer in B-17 #4231189

  • Frank Garofalo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed near Leumer in B-17 #4231189

  • Robert Giles

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Leumer on 7/7/44 in B17 #4231189 POW

  • Robert Harrah

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Leumer on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4231189 POW

  • Donald Makins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

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 7 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:49:31 TennyBelle Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7358 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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