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Harry Richard Simons

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War(POW). MACR 2872 ...

  • Leo Borkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 . ...

  • James Fallon

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Donald Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in 1938 initially serving with military police. Transferred to US air Corp in 1942. Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Part of Ed Mueller's crew. Hospitalised by frostbite, hence not with his regular crew when they were lost in B-17 42-29724...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Ole Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

  • John Robins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

  • Rufus Till

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872 ...

  • Raymond Veiders

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872 ...

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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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29747

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 12/7/43; coll with 42-31441 (303BG),...

  • 42-29772

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-29893 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 22/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 24/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Floyd H. Jamerson - Pilot, and Radio Operator -John F. Paznar both Killed in Action;...

  • 42-29897

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31...

  • 42-31028

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio...

  • 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...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Hardwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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 Long Island, NY 22 August 1922

Next of Kin - mother Madalene R Randolph, residing Charleroia, PA.

Based Kimbolton August 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF

Died Munster, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

Buried Senden, Germany 23 February 1944

Interred
Senden cemetery

Buried Washington Cemetery, Washington, PA 1948

Re-Interred
Washington Cemetery
Washington, Washington County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 12:41:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28746140
https://www.fold3.com/image/310764000?rec=299505993
https://www.fold3.com/image/48252097?terms=42-31028
http://www.tohonorourfallen.com/wwiieurope.htm
379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, November 1942-July 1945
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...
https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54238358/harry-richard-simons#add-to-vc

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2872 / MACR 2872, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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