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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-M] Kimbolton 27/1/44; Bombardier: Bill Rau (KIA-pilot was Ernal Bridwell) 29/1/44 his ship landing at RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex, UK; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 8/9/44 with Orvest Ellingson, Bombardier: Cliff Danielsen, Radio Operator: Roy Manssen, Ball turret gunner: Joe De Mure (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Joe Wells, Navigator: Merrill Collins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Harrell, Waist gunner: Clair Young,Tail gunner: Wallace Tipsword (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed NW of Lampertheim, NW of Mannheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8844. THE BLUE BLAZING BLIZZARD.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Merrill Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Mannheim on 9/8/44 in B-17 Blue Blazing Blizzard #4231720 POW

  • Clifford Danielsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Mannheim in B-17 Blue Blazing Blizzard #4231720

  • Joe De Mure

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Mannheim in B-17 Blue Blazing Blizzard #4231720

  • Orvest Ellingson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Wilton Fremaux

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Wilton Fremaux enlisted on September 14, 1942. 26 missions; B-17 Flying Fortress; T/SGT; Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner. He was from Alexandria, Louisiana. He was stationed at Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomber Group, 524th Bomb Squadron....

  • Frederick Gilliam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Harrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Mannheim on 9/8/44 in B-17 Blue Blazing Blizzard #4231720 POW

  • W Hays

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (battle star).

  • Roy Manssen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Mannheim in B-17 Blue Blazing Blizzard #4231720

  • Delbert Milliron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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 8 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8844 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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