I have been unable to locate an image of 42-29946. This aircraft is an example of a B17-F as is 42-29946. This aircraft was not assigned to the 525th Sqd/379BG(H). This image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain.
2nd Lt Walter J Nachtwey Co Pilot Survived his final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching the IP of their bomb run. His B17F 42-29946 was damaged by 20 mm cannon fire causing the aircraft to spin, tumble and crash. Nachtwey stated that the violent spinning action of the ship forced him onto a “catwalk and down by the emergency hatch located in the nose of the aircraft.” He was able to exit the aircraft, landing in a field immediately beneath their flight path. Captured he remained a Prisoner of War for the duration in Stalag Luft III.
Units served with
The 379th Bomb Group, 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 Citations, the...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43;
22 June 1943
The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...