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42-32000

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 26/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44.

Assigned to the 524th Bomb Squadron, /379th Bomb Group [WA-P] Kimbolton 27/2/44.

On mission to attack French airfields 4/7/44 crash landed Felpham, Sussex, UK. where householder gave crew tea and coffee 4/7/44.
Crew
Pilot: Cliff Blue
Co-pilot: Mayo Adams
Navigator: Oswald Masoni
Bombardier: ?
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cecil Shaffer
Radio Operator: Harry Olson
Ball turret gunner: Tom Sutton
Waist gunner: John McDonough
Tail gunner: Milton Craven
(9 Returned to Duty)

Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 10/7/44.

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

  • Mayo Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    He was Co-Pilot on the Clifford M. Blue crew on July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B-17G #42-3000 which had lost 2 engines due to Flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/C made a wheels up landing in a field behind...

  • Clifford Blue

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Upon landing after a practice formation flight on 2 Feb 1944, the landing gear of B-17G #42-38036 collapsed due to a tire blowing out. RTD. ...

  • Andrew Dutch

    Military | Major | Group Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (3OLC), AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Glaser

    Military | Captain | Squadron Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Finished 30 missions and then volunteered for 3 more. Lead Bombardier on grapefruit mission (glide bomb) to Cologne, Germany 28-May-44. Earlier on Hamburg mission, 25-Jul-43, pilot Lt Carlisle killed, I then...

  • Robert Marcott

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, PH (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • Oswald Masoni

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    On July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B17G#42-32000 which had lost 2 engines due to flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/c made a wheels up landing in a field behind the house of Miss Cheney, 18 Downview Road,...

  • John Sanda

    Military | Captain | Pilot; S-3 Officer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 14:59:39 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Images of the aircraft on Fold 3

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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