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Joseph W Blanton

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Baled out, "Rather was thrown out of A/C by ships motion" luckily with his parachute. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Lawrence Hoveland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 42-29759

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 12/7/43; battle damaged Schweinfurt crash...

  • 42-29829 Sons of Satan

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F/P] Kimbolton 18/5/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with Bob Haston, Radio Operator: Gordon Fisher, Waist gunner: Bill Nixon, Waist gunner:...

  • 42-30158

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/43; Tinker 28/4/43; New Castle 29/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Howie Koeppen, Waist gunner: Jack Posemsky (2 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Harry Thomkpson,...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-5829

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/3/43; Sioux City 19/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Bassingbourn 25/4/43 THE BETTER HALF; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-P/D] Kimbolton 18/5/43; 527BS [FO-D]; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43, with Larry Hoveland, Co-pilot...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

Associated Place

  • 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....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Perry, Florida, USA

Son of Emory Pearl and Minnie Blanton.

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 30 July 1943

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 30 July 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft XVIIb.

Baled out POW Antwerp, Belgium 30 July 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2019 21:11:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/548447496?terms=blanton,emory
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=645&mtch=1&q=...
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2728
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/157615203/emory-p_-blanton

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1361 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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