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42-3132

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; Smoky Hill 14/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG, with Capt Larry Elstead, Co-pilot: Fred Plyley, Navigator: Jim Courtright, Bombardier: Art Ciccarello, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Brown, Radio Operator: Lowell Lindblom, Ball turret gunner: Art McKinley, Waist gunner: Art Mahoney, Waist gunner: Alf Garretson, Tail gunner: Tom O’Moore (10 Killed in Service); en route from Gander, Nfd. to Prestwick, Scotland, and to Kimbolton 23/4/43; radio op in another B-17 heard SOS call presumed from ‘3132, no trace found. Missing Air Crew Report 3726.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. Losses shows him as a S/Sergeant, ABMC shows him a private. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick,...

  • Arthur Ciccarello

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. The 526th Sq. disappeared over the atlantic enroute from Gander Bay Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland April 24th 1943.

  • James Courtright

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    In 379th move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland.

  • Lawrence Elstead

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    In 379th move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. The 526th Sq. disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland April 24th 1943.

  • Alfred Garretson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.

  • Lowell Lindblom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.

  • Arthur Mahony

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.

  • Arthur McKinley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    24 April 1943 in 379th's move to England, ac #B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.

  • Thomas O'Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.

  • Frederick Plyley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    24 April 1943 in 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. The 526th Sq. disappeared over the atlantic enroute from Gander Bay Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland April 24th 1943.

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....

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Atlantic Ocean 23 April 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3726 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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