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A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-0003) nicknamed "Ol' Gappy". Printed caption on reverse: '.'70915 AC A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Ol' Gappy" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 12 June 1944.'
The Crew pictured above at this time was:
The photo above is of the Hennrich Crew and at this time here are the names:: ....... Standing Left to Right
Stephen L Hennrich - 1st Lt - Piltot
Anthony P Lasalle - Tech Sgt - Eng/WG
Robert L Schnare - Tech Sgt - RO/G
Earl K Parker - Staff Sgt – TG
Kenneth E Dewire - Staff Sgt – WG
Dennis Houck -S/Sgt – Asst Flt John Eng
Lloyd A Carville - Staff Sgt – BTG
Peter M Beloberk - 2nd Lt – Bom
The rest are unknown Ground Crew and Armorer. It is believed that the Ground Crew Chief Joe Sligoski is squatting third from the left.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-0003) nicknamed "Ol' Gappy". Printed caption on reverse: '.'70915 AC A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Ol' Gappy" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 12 June 1944.'

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

People

  • Peter Beloberk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Lloyd Carville

    Military

  • Kenneth DeWire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Kenneth DeWire served as a waist gunner with the 379th Bomb Group. He flew 30 combat missions.

  • Stephen Hennrich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Dennis Houck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Flight Engineer
    Dennis Houck served as a flight engineer with the 379th Bomb Group.

  • Anthony LaSalle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Waist Gunner
    Anthony LaSalle served as a flight engineer and waist gunner for the 379th Bomb Group.

  • Earl Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Earl Parker served as tail gunner with the 379th Bomb Group.

  • Robert Schnare

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Gunner
    Robert Schnare served as radio operator/gunner with the 379th Bomb Group.

  • Joe Sligoski

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    157 Missions (aka Topper) 'ol' Gappy'

Aircraft

Locations

  • 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....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2016 15:49:16 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

Associated to airmen's records from information given in caption.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2016 12:32:42 cody1947 Changes to caption
Sources

379th BG Anthology and personal remembrances of former 379th BG Veterans

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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