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"A Crew Of The 379Th Bomb Group Poses In Front Of A Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" At An 8Th Air Force Base In England On 1 May 1944."

25th mission for Korstjens crew.
Top L-R: Capt Joeseph L Korstjens, 2Lt Byron B Clark, 2Lt Harvey "Herk" Harris, S/Sgt John K. " Jack" Rose, T/Sgt Edward I Przybyla, S/Sgt Roy E Avery.
Bottom L-R: S/Sgt Andrew M Stroman, T/Sgt Berj G Bejian, 1Lt Matthew J Scianameo, S/Sgt Elijah W "Lou" Lewis.



  • 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

    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


  • Roy Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner

  • Berj Bejian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, 2 Unit Citations.

  • Harvey Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Joseph Korstjens

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Elijah Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flew on AC # 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' On 28 May 1944 flew 'Grapefruit Mission''Today was the day that the 379th was chosen as one of the three groups to try a new secret weapon. The much talked about glider bombs. They were released on the city of Cologne...

  • Edward Przybyla

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    Flew 32 missions on B-17 number 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' which became the first B-17 in 379th BG to fly 100 missions. Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal

  • John Rose

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner

  • Matthew Scianameo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Stroman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner
    Enlisted Reserve Corps 7 Sept. 42, active duty 21 Sept. 42; Attended AAFTS, Amarillo TX, 1943, AAFTD Boeing Acft Co. & Flex Gunnery School in Kingman, AZ, 1943; 32 missions over Europe from 18 Mar 44 - 20 June 44; went from Cpl to Sergeant. , made S...


  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. ...


Date Contributor Update
30 May 2019 16:56:10 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations