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42-39980

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 14/1/44; Missing in Action Poix, Fr 13/3/44 with Tom Soso, Alf Edes, Leo Chruby, Jim O’Connor, Jim Pearce, Tony Dalberto (6 Killed in Action); Sid Mogol, Julius Friedland, Sid Kirkpatrick, John Spencer (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Boulogne, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3240, JUST SO.

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

  • 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 ...

  • Anthony Dalberto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Edes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julius Friedland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Kirkpatrick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Mogol

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James O'Connor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Soso

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Spencer

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down by coastal guns on a mission to Poix, FR on 13 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39980 and crashed just off the French coast. Prisoner of War (POW).

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 13 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3240 / MACR 4244 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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