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Delmar Bonham

Military

Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29886 'Scheherazade. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Andrew Puca

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner / Togglier, Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Kermit Wooldridge

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Kermit D. Wooldridge was a high school drop out living in Texas in 1934. He described himself as "incorrigible." Forging his mother's signature, he joined the U.S Army at 16 and served with the 7th Cavalry for several years. On Dec.24, 1941, just...

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

  • 42-29886 "Scheherazade"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Selfridge 16/4/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 23/4/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Harry Moses, Co-pilot: Sam Giorgianni, Navigator: Bill Lordan,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 26 December 1919

Texas

Enlisted San Antonio, TX, USA 27 March 1942

Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law. San Antonio, Texas, United States

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 January 1944
Died Bellvue, CO 80512, USA 17 December 1983
https://sites.google.com/site/379thbgnoseart/home

Debriefing and excerpts from the MACR- Lt. Delmar Bonham
We had just reached the IP and was ready to make our run for the Target when we lurched and was shaken violently. We were losing speed and altitude and losing the formation.
It wasn't long before their fighters were upon us attacking in waves. there was fire on our port side just behind me and our interphones must have been shot out because there was no contact throughout the ship.
I bailed with our navigator and Top Turret Gunner & I thought Sam our Co-Pilot was coming after me; while Harry stayed at the controls trying to keep the ship flying. Sam Had gone back to help Harry who was badly burned. They bailed after us but I didn't see them until later. You couldn't see back into the rear areas because of the flames. I thought I could see one of our waist gunners slumped over his gun. No one left the plane after we went and she crashed. Just outside of a small town near the Rhine.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 02:02:42 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J5QD-94H

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 01:59:49 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

newspaper obituary Fort Collins/Cheyenne Wyoming

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 01:39:54 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

cheyenne wyoming obituary wyoming historical society

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 18:15:39 CRJohnstonjr Changes to service number
Sources

POW records +macr from plane records
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29D-MZ2B

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 18:10:24 CRJohnstonjr Changes to firstname
Sources

from pow records and enlistment records show name is "Delmar" not Dalmar.
+ personal knowledge of Del Bonham from working with him in 1963-1966 era

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 00:56:57 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J5QD-94H
United States Social Security Death Index

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 00:54:42 CRJohnstonjr Changes to events
Sources

https://sites.google.com/site/379thbgnoseart/home

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 00:47:38 CRJohnstonjr Changes to nickname
Sources

Debriefing and excerpts from the MACR- Lt. Delmar Bonham
We had just reached the IP and was ready to make our run for the Target when we lurched and was shaken violently. We were losing speed and altitude and losing the formation.
It wasn't long before their fighters were upon us attacking in waves. there was fire on our port side just behind me and our interphones must have been shot out because there was no contact throughout the ship.
I bailed with our navigator and Top Turret Gunner & I thought Sam our Co-Pilot was coming after me; while Harry stayed at the controls trying to keep the ship flying. Sam Had gone back to help Harry who was badly burned. They bailed after us but I didn't see them until later. You couldn't see back into the rear areas because of the flames. I thought I could see one of our waist gunners slumped over his gun. No one left the plane after we went and she crashed. Just outside of a small town near the Rhine.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2871 / MACR 2871, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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