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"A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses beside the Boeing B-17 "Million Dollar Baby" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 12 April 1945."

Rear L-R:: William F Manning-Nav, Unknown Ground Crewman, Ground Crew Chief Sgt. John B Sterling, Paul Glass-TTG, David L Miksche-Pilot, Russ Werchowec-R.O., Charles Williams-C.P

Front L to R: Eugene Merritt-Tog, Unknown ground crewman, Unknown ground crewman, Unknown ground crewman, Henry J Hunt-TG, William J Thomson Jr-BTG.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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

  • Paul Glass

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret gunner
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Manning

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Merritt

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Miksche

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 20 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Sterling

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Working 25 straight hours on occasion to ensure aircraft is mission ready. He would not declare an aircraft combat fit unless certain it was in perfect flying condition and passed the pre-flight check without a glitch. Not comfortable with the position...

  • William Thomson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Werchowec

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. ETD Award: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 43-37934 Million Dollar Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 15/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2019 17:47:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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