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Joseph W Jennings

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Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John Daly's crew. Only Bill Evans, the navigator, survives. Joe could never talk about the crash and the death of his friends. He completed 35 missions in 3 months, 18 days.
When he returned stateside, Joe served as a Bombardier Instructor at Big Spring, Texas for the remainder of the War.

Service

People

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio man | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USSAF. FTR (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Omer Young

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

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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

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

  • 42-39800 Patches, Just So

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 4/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 23/10/43; re-ass 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 7/11/43; crashed RAF Wilton, UK 2/12/44; sal 2 SAD...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 338

    4 May 1944

  • 342A

    7 May 1944

  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 345

    8 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

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Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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....

  • Snettisham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Sometime after late summer in 1943 an RAF Gunnery Range was taken over to provide gunnery training for B-17 crews close to where they would be deployed at East Anglian airfields. ...

  • Pyote Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 6 January 1914

5'4" tall, 115 pounds, dark complexion. Joe was born to American citizens in Acapulco, Mexico. He grew up in San Francisco, California.

Lived in San Francisco, CA, USA 1923
Based Pyote, TX, USA 23 September 1943 – 8 December 1943

John Daly's crew trains at Pyote Air Base in Texas. The group pictures of the crew were taken here. They pose in front of a B17 in their flight jackets. They sit on a wall, smiling at us.

Based Snettisham, King's Lynn PE31 7LS, UK January 1944 – 19 February 1944

AFB 172, Snettingsham, England. Daly's crew receives intensive gunnery training. The men become proficient in the .50-caliber from all positions on the plane.

Based Kimbolton, UK 20 February 1944 – 20 February 1944

Daly's Crew is assigned to the 379th Bomb Group, 525th Squadron.

Based Alconbury 21 February 1944 – 30 April 1944

Joe is transferred to Radar School with the Pathfinders 428 at Alconbury. At the end of the six weeks, the Pathfinders is dissolved, and the new Navigators will take a radar plane back to their unit.
Joe learns about the crash of April 11, which kills Daly's crew. Only Bill, the navigator, survives. Joe could never talk about the crash and the death of his friends.

Based Kimbolton 1 May 1944 – 28 July 1944

Joe returns to the 379th and flies as bombardier or navigator in May. He earns four decorations. In June he completes 17 missions. His last flight is on July 4, 1944. Joe completed 35 missions in 3 months, 18 days.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 19:28:37 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers 1943-1945

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09 September 2019 18:28:20 Jennings Changes to role and biography
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers 1943-1945

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23 December 2018 04:41:33 TennyBelle Changes to mission associations
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379th BG Database

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23 March 2018 14:24:40 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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20 March 2018 17:09:21 TennyBelle Changes to place associations
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Details in Jennings profile

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20 March 2018 16:21:07 TennyBelle Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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8th AF mission database

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08 March 2018 02:09:41 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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07 March 2018 09:40:34 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography and events
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Added locations to events and biography from information in events fields.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 17:07:48 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 17:05:45 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:43:17 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:41:16 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 01:40:16 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:39:21 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:38:43 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:37:53 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 01:37:06 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:36:17 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:35:30 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 01:34:31 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:31:02 Jennings Changes to aircraft associations
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:27:29 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:21:58 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:19:33 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:15:44 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:11:05 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:08:26 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 01:02:42 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 01:01:51 Jennings Changes to events
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 00:49:11 Jennings Changes to highest rank and role
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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05 March 2018 00:47:37 Jennings Changes to awards
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Joseph W Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

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27 September 2014 18:17:35 AAM AAM ingest
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379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, 1942-45; p. 161. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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