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42-3212

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-H] Kimbolton 12/7/43; severe battle damaged Kassel 30/7/43 with Milton Wallace, Co-pilot: Bill Thompson, Navigator: Bob Bartley, Bombardier: Bill Castner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elmer Marx, Radio Operator: John Coleman, Ball turret gunner: Rich Lehman, Waist gunner: Calvin Nuss, Waist gunner: Joe Katz,Tail gunner: Tony Fontana (10KIA in fire); on return crash landed Parham House, near Framlingham, Sfk. and burnt out. Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report 1364.

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...

Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 30 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1364 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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