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A B-17 Flying Fortress (FR-C, serial number 42-38183) nicknamed "The Lost Angel" of the 379th Bomb Group sliding on grass after being crash landed by Sumner Alpert at Kimbolton



  • 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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron


  • Edmund Lutz

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


  • 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 during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...


  • 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....


Date Contributor Update
18 July 2020 21:58:39 Brad Alpert Changes to caption

Brad Alpert

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 15:33:50 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations

Image courtesy of Edmund H Lutz