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42-5839

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 13/3/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 16/4/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Ken Quade, Co-pilot: George Barnett, Bombardier: Wallace Cosper, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Burnes, Radio Operator: Jim Edinger, Ball turret gunner: Ray Heron, Waist gunner: Hugo Pettinatti, Waist gunner: Joe Owesny,Tail gunner: Kingsley Nelson (9 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill Hughes (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Dingstede, eight miles E of Oldenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1367.

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

  • George Barnett

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Chester Burnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wallace Cosper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Edinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Heron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kingsley Nelson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Owensy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hugo Pettinati

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Quade

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425839. Killed in Action (KIA).

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) Wangerooge, Germany 25 June 1943
Crashed Dingstede, 26209 Hatten, Germany 25 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 18:10:43 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Corrected '325BS/379BG ' to '526BS/379BG'
Source: MACR 1367

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1367 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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