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42-32091

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44; Gr Island 7/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-K] Kimbolton 30/3/44; battle damaged Saarbrucken 23/5/44; with ? Salvaged 26/5/44.

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...

People

  • 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.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:33:04 TennyBelle Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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