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42-38082

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier: Lionel Carrillo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Meehan, Radio Operator: Chester Piatkowski, Ball turret gunner: Lyle Edmondson, Waist gunner: Jack Lairmore,Tail gunner: Jack Lambert (9 Killed in Action); hit by 42-37784 which swerved when hit by flak, crashed between Melchow and Biesenthal, NE of Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5321.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-37784 The Old Fox

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 19/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Wilton Gease (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Luciano Gastineau, Navigator: Bob Lorentz, Bombardier: Dick O’Neal, Flight engineer...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Russell Boyd

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD. ...

  • Lionel Carrillo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-38082 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-37784, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5321 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lyle Edmondson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-38082 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-37784, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5321 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Billy Hancock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in 1938 initially serving with military police. Transferred to US air Corp in 1942. Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Part of Ed Mueller's crew. Hospitalised by frostbite, hence not with his regular crew when they were lost in B-17 42-29724...

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 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.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 367

    24 May 1944

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 6 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 6-Dec-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 29 January 1944

Assigned 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Melchow, Germany 24 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44; mid air collision with 42-37784 which swerved when attacked by fighters, crashed between Melchow, Germany 9 x KIA MACR 5321

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2019 10:56:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28639933
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-38082/
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2018 20:26:16 TennyBelle Changes to markings
Sources

379th Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2018 20:25:41 TennyBelle Changes to markings, aircraft associations and person associations
Sources

379th archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5321 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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