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42-39782

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 29/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 21/10/43, then 526BS [LF-M]; Missing in Action Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Herb Rossberg, Bombardier: Jim Dougherty, Waist gunner: Alby Paplaskas (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Matt Bauer, Ball turret gunner: Ed DuganWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Thurman Smotherman,Tail gunner: Fred Brown (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: John Kupsick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Atkinson, Radio Operator: George Bennett (3 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Amy A/fd, four miles SW of Roye, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2880. PISTOL PACKIN’ MAMA.

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 Atkinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Roye, FR on mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-39782 'Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Matthew Bauer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Roye, FR on mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-39782 'Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Bennett

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

  • Frederick Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • James Dougherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Edward Dugan

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

  • John Kupsick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Roye, FR on mission to Frankfurt amMain on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39782 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Evaded (EVD). returned to England before 18 May 1944.

  • Albert Paplaskas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Rossberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Thurman Smotherman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 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) France 8 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 11:28:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205364804

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 22:47:46 RayWells Changes to description
Sources

Correction of navigators name

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2880 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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