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James Blain


Plane went missing on 25 April 1945 Mission to bomb Skoda power Works near Pilsen, Mid air collision caused by flack is assumed, 7 men from crew returned to base safely. B-17 338272 RTMC


Units served with

  • 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


  • 43-38272 Thumper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Kearney 24/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 27/8/44; battle damaged Pilsen 25/4/45 with tail gunner Bill Meikle (Killed in Action); pilot Jim Blain, Grant White, Sid Messeri, John Brooks, Cliff Lager, Duffy...


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 13:39:46 Lucy May Changes to biography

Changed B-17 tail number from '338178' to '338272'.
See aircraft record for details.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Supplement; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 342