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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 11/6/43; transferred 526BS [LF-F]; Missing in Action Evreux 3/9/43 with Julius Kraft {all 524bs crew}, Ball turret gunner: Frank Frydryk, Waist gunner: Don Armstrong (3 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Norman Toft, Navigator: Ron Jacobs, Bombardier: Tom Peifer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morrison Nolan, Radio Operator: Hugh McKeegan, Waist gunner: Delbert Klump,Tail gunner: Bob Vandegriff (7 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Epinay, nine miles S of Bernay, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1349.

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

  • Donald Armstrong

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #423300. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Cahill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Frydryk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • Ronald Jacobs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Hugh Keegan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Delbert Klump

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Julius Krafft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

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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) France 3 September 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1349 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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