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42-3524

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Lowry 17/8/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 3/10/43; then 527BS [FO-G];Tail gunner: Leon Klein (KIA-pilot was L.G. Miller) 26/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Bill Moore, Co-pilot: Rex Carpenter, Navigator: Jerry Barber, Bombardier: Don McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Fairclough, Radio Operator: Dick Fowlkes, Ball turret gunner: Don Jupan, Waist gunner: Seth Stewart,Tail gunner: Jack Kibler (9INT); flak damaged engine, force landed Payerne, Switz; Ret GB 25/9/45. Missing Air Crew Report 7838. Ret UK at end of war and scrapped 25/9/45. VONNIE GAL.

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

  • Richard Asplund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awads: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jerry Barber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Rex Carpenter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Edward Fairclough

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/20/44 in B-17 'Vonnie Gal' #42-3524

  • Richard Fowlkes

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

  • William Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Kibler

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Donald MacIntyre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • William Moore

    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) Germany 20 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7838 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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