2nd Lt Harold G. Russell - 96BG/337BS pilot of B-17 42-5877 shot down at Arkel by German fighters on 22 June 1943.
Delivered Long Beach 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 23/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Andrews Fd 1/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action 22/6/43 with Harry Russell, Co-pilot: Purcell Rae, Navigator: Lou Chadwick, Bombardier: Sid Loveless, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Emelio Galli, Radio Operator: Bob Clark (KIA?), Ball turret gunner: Ed Kelso, Waist gunner: John McNew, Waist gunner: Alcario Lobato,Tail gunner: Sam Sacco (10 Prisoner of War); flak hit & crashed in polder Rietveld, near Schelluinen, Hol. No Missing Air Crew Report.
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...
Military site : airfield
Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...
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