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42-5829

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 2/3/43; Sioux City 19/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Bassingbourn 25/4/43 THE BETTER HALF; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-P/D] Kimbolton 18/5/43; 527BS [FO-D]; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43, with Larry Hoveland, Co-pilot: Stan Kusy, Navigator: Bill Johnston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Denny (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Dave Williams, Radio Operator: Stan Williams, Ball turret gunner: Stan Manista, Waist gunner: Andy Oman, Waist gunner: Joe Blanton,Tail gunner: Thiel Wamsley (6 Prisoner of War); flak hits caused ship to explode, crashed Herbesthal, nr-Lontzerweg, NW of Eupen, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 1361. FLYING JENNY.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Blanton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Baled out, "Rather was thrown out of A/C by ships motion" luckily with his parachute. Prisoner of War...

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872 ...

  • Carl Denny

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Lawrence Hoveland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Stanley Kusy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Stanley Manista

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Oman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Robins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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) Hollland 30 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2019 00:38:47 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

379th web site

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2019 00:32:46 phil marchese Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 42-5829

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2019 22:12:16 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

BISHOP, Cliff, The Big Triangle First

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2019 20:59:46 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Osborne lists for Boeing G series and the Vega F series.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1361 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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