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A crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (FR-C, serial number 42-38183) nicknamed "The Lost Angel" 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg Germany 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Plough, Radio Operator: Harry Gates, Ball turret gunner: John Ingram, Waist gunner: Frank Culfe (8 Returned to Duty);Tail gunner: Phil Maniaci (Prisoner of War); Missing Air Crew Report 9363; repaired & sal re-ass 482BG, then 384BG 1/6/45. THE LOST ANGEL.

Connections

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Sumner Alpert

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed at Kimbolton in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, died in a fatal crash of C-47 43-15594 in Alaska 29-Jun-55.

  • Stanley Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed in B-17G 42-38183 on 28 September 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Coles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier
    Crash Landed in A/C 238183 on 28 September 1944. Evaded enemy with aid of Belgian resistance and Returned to duty. Plane was hit by flak and caught on fire. The tail gunner bailed out but the rest of the crew stayed with the plane and rode it down.

  • John Ingram

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). MACR 9363 ...

  • Edmund Lutz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 30 x missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Philip Maniaci

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Bailed out of B-17 42-38183 on 28 September 1944 'The Lost Angel' caught on fire over the target, Magdeburg, Germany ordance plant and Maniaci bailed out. The fire was extinguished and the rest...

  • William Plough

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Force landed in B-17G 42-38183 on 28 September 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Rung

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Crashed in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Battle Stars).

Aircraft

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles,...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2019 05:10:33 Disnilandi Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

MACR 9363
(Lt Ed Lutz has been incorrectly attributed as being the pilot on
42-38183, nicknamed "The Lost Angel" 525BS/379BG on Sept 28 1944)

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 15:32:32 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Image courtesy of Edmund H Lutz

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