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Melvin J Bleakman

Military

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Thomas Cahill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Carroll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Gabriel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat mission. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Martin Hooper

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Original air crew of B-17F 42-29890 'Stupifier'; 25 mission club

  • Arlo Roskam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Roth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal. Post War: Re-enlisted USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, retired 1970.

  • Kenneth Seidelman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Burdette Smith

    Military | Major | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 28 x combat mission. ETD. ...

  • William Witham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 mission club. 22 x combat mission. ETD. Alarms: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME

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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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29624 'Pappy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina, KS 9/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth [BN-W] 6/4/43; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 27/7/43; 527BS/379BG [FO-N] Kimbolton 13/9/43; on night instructional flight for new pilots [sp...

  • 42-29718 'THE WIDOW MAKER'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG Bassingbourn 7/4/43; then 410BS; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-H] Alconbury 23/7/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 4...

  • 42-29724 Little Minnie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 24/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Bassingbourn 20/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; ...

  • 42-29824

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Memphis 27/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-B] Thurleigh 24/4/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 3/10/43; battle damaged Bremen 29/11/43 crash landed Leiston; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 1/12/43;...

  • 42-29934

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/3/43; Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Selfridge 27/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-G] Kimbolton 6/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Don Murray, Co-pilot: Bob McGraw, Navigator:...

  • 42-29997

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Brookley 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 94BG Bassingbourn 24/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 20/5/43; then 526BS [LF-A]; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to...

  • 42-3300

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 11/6/43; transferred 526BS [LF-F]; Missing in Action Evreux 3/9/43 with Julius Kraft {all 524bs crew}, Ball turret gunner: Frank Frydryk, Waist gunner: Don Armstrong (3...

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Maryland, USA 1 January 1917

Son of Bertha Bleakman.

Enlisted Baltimore, MD 3 January 1941

Baltimore, Maryland

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 1 May 1950

Re-Enlistment.

Released from USAF 31 August 1964
Died Roswell, GA 20 September 2002
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 6 December 2002

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington,
Arlington County, VA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2019 20:56:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/539966172
https://www.fold3.com/record/21762667-melvin-j-bleakman
https://www.fold3.com/record/85212747-melvin-j-bleakman
https://www.fold3.com/record/529321579-melvin-bleakman-1917
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2753
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8791909/melvin-j-bleakman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

379th Bombardier Group Anthology, pg 150 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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