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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/2/43; Cheyenne 4/3/43; Gore Fd 18/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 21/4/43; battle damaged Kassel 28/7/43 with Kermit Wooldridge, Co-pilot: Don Herrin, Navigator: Bill Cook, Bombardier: Howard McNeill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Love, Radio Operator: Don Lavin*, Ball turret gunner: Solomon Canter*, Waist gunner: Duane Lamiell*, Waist gunner: Stan Larson*,Tail gunner: Eldred Andruss (10RTD - * slightly wia); crash landed RAF Foulsham, Nfk. Salvaged.



  • Eldred Andruss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Flew Kassel raid 28-July, lost control cables on B-17 42-29974 by flak damage. Crash landed in B-17 42-5822 at Norfolk RAF base returning crew with 4 crew members wounded. Failed to Return (FTR...

  • Kermit Wooldridge

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Kermit D. Wooldridge was a high school drop out living in Texas in 1934. He described himself as "incorrigible." Forging his mother's signature, he joined the U.S Army at 16 and served with the 7th Cavalry for several years. On Dec.24, 1941, just...


  • 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....


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Date Contributor Update
13 February 2020 17:28:28 phil marchese Changes to markings

AAM records for pilot.

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2020 17:17:56 phil marchese Changes to media associations

Marchese; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 via R. Lewis, Feb. 2020

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2020 17:14:23 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and media associations

Marchese:; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2015 17:25:52 fbeka Changes to markings

My father, Lt Wooldridge named 42-5822 "Little Maggie" on 7-24 43 (mission over Heroya) his third raid from his WWII diary.
He flew it over Hamburg 7-25-43 then again on 7-28 -43 (Kassel raid) where he crash landed it in a field . The diary recounts " Little Maggie would never fly again. This account also agrees with the B-17 history for this plane.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log