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42-5827

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 20/5/43; 526BS [LF-Y]; on mission to Le Bourget 16/8/43 Navigator: Harry Bailey Killed in Action when he fell out of ship after escape hatch dropped out; Missing in Action 5/1/44 with Allen Grissom, Co-pilot: John Phillips, Navigator: John Beach, Bombardier: Holger Eklund, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Prochazka, Radio Operator: Hugo Havet, Ball turret gunner: Byron Green, Waist gunner: Delmar Sowers, Waist gunner: E. Bailey, Tail gunner: Bob Hall (10 INT); flak caused battle damage and pilot headed to safety, crash landed Skegrie, near Trelleborg, Sweden and used for spares for other B-17s. Missing Air Crew Report 1942. LAKANUKI.

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

  • Harold Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) over France when escape hatch opened on B-17 #42-5827. ...

  • John Beach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Holger Eklund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Byron Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Allen Grissom

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Robert Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Interned in Sweden. POW

  • Hugo Havet

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Bailey Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Makins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Phillips

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-5827 'Lakanuki'. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

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) and Interned (INT) Sweden 5 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 21:24:31 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2017 15:05:34 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:40:38 Rainer Changes to mission associations
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Updated connections

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:37:01 Rainer Changes to mission associations
Sources

Updated connections

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1942 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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