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42-3154

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/3/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-B] Dow Fd 19/4/43; Kimbolton 30/5/43; sustained battle damaged Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator: Bill Meyer, Bombardier: Chester Gwinn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Mike Curtin, Radio Operator: Rodgers Tatum, Ball turret gunner: Frank Winninger, Waist gunner: Alex Robert, Waist gunner: Carl Moak, Tail gunner: John Rogers (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Rougham a/fd, Sfk, UK; Salvaged 16/8/43.
She was one of the "Original 41" assigned to the 379th BG and flown overseas by the group.

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

  • Michael Curtin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Chester Gwinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29934, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert McGraw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29934, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Meyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Moak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Murray

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Robert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-29934. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Rodger Tatum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29934, Killed in Action (KIA).

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 01:46:58 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed the words "No known nose art" from the nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2020 22:02:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2017 23:53:01 cody1947 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and description
Sources

Group Records and Aircraft Record Card

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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