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42-38183

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Plough, Radio Operator: Harry Gates, Ball turret gunner: John Ingram, Waist gunner: Frank Culfe (8 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Phil Maniaci (Prisoner of War); Missing Air Crew Report 9363; repaired & sal re-ass 482BG, then 384BG 1/6/45. THE LOST ANGEL.

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...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron
  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Sumner Alpert

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed at Kimbolton in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, died in a fatal crash of C-47 43-15594 in Alaska 29-Jun-55.

  • Stanley Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed in B-17G 42-38183 on 28 September 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Boyd

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

  • Harold Cates

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • William Coles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Crash Landed in A/C 238183 on 28 September 1944. Evaded enemy with aid of Belgian resistance and Returned to duty. Plane was hit by flak and caught on fire. The tail gunner bailed out but the rest of the crew stayed with the plane and rode it down.

  • Frank Cuffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed 27 Aug 1944 at Shippton and crew bailed out. Force landed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). MACR 9363 Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • 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....

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 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 Boeing.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 8 January 1944

Delivered Denver AAF 8-Jan-44.

Crashed Kimbolton, UK 28 September 1944

Battle damage on Madgeburg raid, returned to base ejecting ball turret en route, belly landed 8 RTD. MACR 9363

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2018 09:20:19 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28678953

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:32:23 TennyBelle Changes to mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2018 20:32:04 TennyBelle Changes to markings and person associations
Sources

379th Archive

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2014 17:54:21 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, person associations and media associations
Sources

Associated based on tail number visible in the uploaded photographs.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9363 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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