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Crew of B-17F 42-29893 "El Diablo" in summer 1943. 1st Lt. John N. Beilstein - Bombardier, top row - 2nd from right

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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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Beilstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Evaded.

  • Joseph Burkowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Gray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Guyette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Floyd Jamerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Moody

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Paznar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-29893. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland. Purple Heart, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alvin Rabun

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner

  • James Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Semach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4229893. Evaded. Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland.

Aircraft

  • 42-29893 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 22/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 24/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Floyd H. Jamerson - Pilot, and Radio Operator -John F. Paznar both Killed in Action;...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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
13 March 2019 21:09:25 Nimitz41 Changes to person associations
Sources

Mel Pins, Des Moines, Iowa

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 20:45:50 Nimitz41 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Personal photos of John N. Beilstein

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