A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-0003) nicknamed "Ol' Gappy". Printed caption on reverse: '.'70915 AC A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Ol' Gappy" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 12 June 1944.'
The Crew pictured above at this time was:
The photo above is of the Hennrich Crew and at this time here are the names:: ....... Standing Left to Right
Stephen L Hennrich - 1st Lt - Piltot
Anthony P Lasalle - Tech Sgt - Eng/WG
Robert L Schnare - Tech Sgt - RO/G
Earl K Parker - Staff Sgt – TG
Kenneth E Dewire - Staff Sgt – WG
Dennis Houck -S/Sgt – Asst Flt John Eng
Lloyd A Carville - Staff Sgt – BTG
Peter M Beloberk - 2nd Lt – Bom
The rest are unknown Ground Crew and Armorer. It is believed that the Ground Crew Chief Joe Sligoski is squatting third from the left.
A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Ol' Gappy". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Old Gappy crew - see file.'
Co-Pilot (far right facing) is Albert H. Downs
Two B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 379th Bomb Group parked on hardstanding infront of tents. Handwritten caption on image: "Swamp-Fire? + Ol' Gappy?" Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Via S.C. Ellis.'
Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Denver 27/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43;
Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-H] Kimbolton 21/1/44; transferred 490BG Eye; with 157 missions was top aircraft in 8AF, and only one abort; returned to US 121 BU Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 10/11/45. TOPPER aka OL’ GAPPY.
Her Nickname was first "Ole Gappy" but her Nose Art had the ghostly figure of a dapper gentleman much like in the movie "Topper". So it was known by either/or. Her claim to fame is her 157 Combat Missions which is considered the most of any other Heavy Bomber in the ETO. Her Ground Crew Chief was M/Sgt Joe Sligoski.
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...
The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
Military | 379th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Kenneth DeWire served as a waist gunner with the 379th Bomb Group. He flew 30 combat missions.
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
Albert H Downs served as a co-pilot with the 524th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Flight Engineer | 379th Bomb Group
Dennis Houck served as a flight engineer with the 379th Bomb Group.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Anthony LaSalle served as a flight engineer and waist gunner for the 379th Bomb Group.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Earl Parker served as tail gunner with the 379th Bomb Group.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Robert Schnare served as radio operator/gunner with the 379th Bomb Group.
Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
157 Missions (aka Topper) 'ol' Gappy'
Military site : airfield
Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...
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....
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