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James Blain

Military

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

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 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...

Revisions

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

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
Sources

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

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