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42-5810

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 20/2/43; Will Rogers 5/3/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Assigned 306BG 8/6/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 8/6/43; Missing in Action Keil 29/7/43 with Rich Johnson, Co-pilot: Carl Brink, Navigator: Dave Nichols, Bombardier: Paul Cahill, Radio Operator: Herb Wells, Ball turret gunner: Lew Mathias, Waist gunner: Bill Wazevich, Waist gunner: Ed Allen, Tail gunner: Bob Carroll (9 POW – rescued near Heligoland); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Gilbert (KIA – actually died after bail out); enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 1363.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier on 11 June 1943 returned crew and B-17 42-5809 'Mary Jane' to an RAF base in Norfolk with BD. POW

  • Carl Brink

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 42-5810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War.

  • Paul Cahill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 42-5810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Dyson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland 10-May-43. Shot down 16-Aug-43 in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352 ...

  • Charles Gilbert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Heligoland (Kiel) U-Boat pens mission July 29, 1943 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Lewis Mathias

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Nichols

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Wazevich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    1st mission Paris, 2nd mission Kassel, 3rd mission Kiel--July 29, 1943. Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425810 over Germany and crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POQ

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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 29 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 18:07:09 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1363 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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