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42-38192

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/1/44; Gr Island 28/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 1/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bruce Hutchins, Co-pilot: Bob Webber, no nav, Bombardier: Jim Haile, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George White, Radio Operator: Bob Shaffer, Waist gunner: Grover Bowen, Waist gunner: Harry Dengenhart,Tail gunner: Walt Collins (8 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Jim Stutts (Prisoner of War); flak hits then pilot set for Switz but aircraft crashed St Wilhelm, SE of Freiberg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7506.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Grover Bowen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak and crashed at Stuebenwasen in B-17 #4238192

  • John Bremer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Collins

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak and crashed at Stuebenwasen in B-17 #4238192 .

  • Harry Degenhart

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Robert Deveny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frederick Gilliam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Haile

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Stuebenwasen in B-17 #4238192

  • Dallas Hansen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • W Hays

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (battle star).

  • Earl Houston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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 12 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7506 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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