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42-5820

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/2/43; Denver 4/3/43; Smoky Hill 7/4/43; Pueblo 21/4/43; Presque 26/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 8/6/43; 526BS [LF-C];

Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Kurt Freund, Co-pilot: Dale Emens, Navigator: Don Macrae, Bombardier: Glenn Bozarth, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Ragland, Waist gunner: Dan Angarano, Waist gunner: Allen Jamison (7 Prisoner of War);

Radio Operator: Francis Schaedler, Ball turret gunner: Cyrus Wallace, Tail gunner: Charles Roberts (3 Killed in Action);

Enemy aircraft set #1 engine on fire, then another to flak, crashed Ahrweiler, near Oberbruch, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2340 & 1359.

Service

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group, 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 Citations, the...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron
  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Daniel Angarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Daniel J Angarano served as a gunner with the 379th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Glen Bozarth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Alexander Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Both B-17s 42-5820 and 42-29905 were flown by a 526BS crew captained by Lt. Alexander R. Brown. Unfortunately Alexander Brown was not available for the mission of 12 August 1943 for unknown reasons. His place was taken by Lt. Kurt W. Freund who...

  • Dale Emens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Kurt Freund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Kurt Freund served as a pilot with the 379th Bomb Group. On 10 May 1943, he took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland. ...

  • Allen Jamison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Donald Macrae

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). 12 Aug 1943 shot down on Gelsenkirchen synthetic rubber mission. Prisoner in Stalag Luft lll; marched to Moosberg, VII-A, January 27, 1945 Liberated April 1945 POW

  • James Ragland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Charles E. Roberts was born November 27, 1908. His next of kin were his parents, Joseph and Annie Roberts. He was from Dorcester, Massachusetts. ...

  • Francis Schaedler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Francis Schaedler served as a radio operator with the 379th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. He was Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are despatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943
Crashed Ahrweiler, Germany 12 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1359 / MACR 1362 / MACR 2340 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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