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42-39828

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-B] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Theo Kunda, Co-pilot: Bob Burton, Navigator: Marvin Swift, Bombardier: Howard Evans, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Pook, Ball turret gunner: Tony Tomaselli (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Leon Flatt, Waist gunner: George Taylor,Tail gunner: Russell Vinson (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed on farm at Finow, eight miles SW of Eberswalde, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5320.

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

  • Mike Boyovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Burton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4239828. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Chruby

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Poix, FR 13-Mar-44 in B-17G 42-39980; Shot down by coastal guns and crashed just off the French coast. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3240 ...

  • Walter Crickmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Daniel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Howard Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4239828. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fallon

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Raymond Finicle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew on 'Penny Ante' ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Flatt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4239828. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Wilton Fremaux

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Wilton Fremaux enlisted on September 14, 1942. 26 missions; B-17 Flying Fortress; T/SGT; Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner. He was from Alexandria, Louisiana. He was stationed at Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomber Group, 524th Bomb Squadron....

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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 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 21:52:32 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

THE FLYING FORTRESS STORY

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5320 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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