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42-3269

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-U] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Capt Walt Carnal, Co-pilot: Bill Davidson, Navigator: Albt Chudoba, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dean Wyland, Radio Operator: Leon Cruzan, Ball turret gunner: Don Sherman, Waist gunner: Monico Rodriguez,Tail gunner: Wilton Fisher (8 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Leslie Grossbody never recovered, Waist gunner: Nick Rukavinabroke neck when chute opened (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Machtilhausen, 10 miles W of Schweinfurt. Missing Air Crew Report 958. PICADILLY WILLY.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

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.

  • Albert Chudoba

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Cruzan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Davidson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on 11 June 1943 returned crew and B-17 42-5809 'Mary Jane' to an RAF base in Norfolk with BD. ...

  • Milton Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Gabriel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat mission. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leslie Gross

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on 11 June 1943 returned crew and B-17 42-5809 'Mary Jane' to an RAF base in Norfolk with BD. AM w/ 3Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Walter Jr

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Monico Rodriquez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nick Rukavina

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423269. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

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 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:30:24 TennyBelle Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 958 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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