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42-39779

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF–F] Kimbolton 21/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Eldon Planalp, Co-pilot: Jim Lincoln, Bombardier: Don Roesch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Budzius, Radio Operator: Don Waldram, Ball turret gunner: Ed LeBlanc, Waist gunner: Tony Kolich,Tail gunner: Doug Johnson (8 Prisoner of War), Navigator: Ben Nordeen, Waist gunner: Ken Smith (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Grossenging, near Lindern nine miles W of Cloppenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1331.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Budzius

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Douglas Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Anthony Kolich

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Leblanc

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

  • James Lincoln

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Benjamin Nordeen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-39779, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eldon Planalp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Roesch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4239779. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Waldram

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

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 29 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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