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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. They quickly switched to Bassingbourn, and for a time the B-26s of the 17th Bomb Group occupied the base. Kimbolton is most associated with the 379th Bomb Group, who were resident at the airfield from late 1942. The 379th was one of the most successful of all of the Eighth's Bomb Groups. The airfield was handed back to the RAF at the end of the war, and was eventually sold off in the early 1960s.

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  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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...

  • 445th Sub-Depot
  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 18th Weather Squadron

    18th Weather Squadron

    Browse 18th Weather Squadron photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here:

  • 42nd Station Complement Squadron
  • 524th Bomb Squadron
  • 525th Bomb Squadron
  • 526th Bomb Squadron
  • 527th Bomb Squadron
  • 853rd Air Engineering Squadron

    853rd Air Engineering Squadron

    The 853rd Air Engineering Squadron was Activated on 15 April 1945 per provisions of HQ 8th Air Force General Orders #52 dated 12 April 1945


  • Mayo Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    He was Co-Pilot on the Clifford M. Blue crew on July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B17G #42-3000 which had lost 2 engines due to Flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/c made a wheels up landing in a field behind...

  • John Ahern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Saved village of Bozeat England by keeping plane from hitting village church. All the rest of the crew bailed out. The mission had been recalled because of bad weather. Three engines quit, the plane still had its bomb load. A/C...

  • Anthony Albach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Pont Le Beck in B-17 #42107175

  • Sumner Alpert

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Force landed at Kimbolton in B-17 42-38183 on 28-Sep-44. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, died in a fatal crash of C-47 43-15594 in Alaska 29-Jun-55.

  • David Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Niederdodelebau on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Queen of Spades' #4297890

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Andrews was shot down on a mission to Hamburg on 25 June 1943 when his B-17 #42-30107 "Black Magic" was attacked by enemy aircraft. Andrews bailed out of the crashing aircraft after his Navigator. He was taken Prisoner of War on landing. ...

  • Daniel Angarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Daniel J Angarano served as a gunner with the 379th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425820. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Armington

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin but managed to return to base on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-37764 'Dragon Lady'. RTD.

  • Clarence Ashcraft

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    125 missions - 41-3167 "Ye Old Pub" & 103 without an abort on 42-37805 'Carol Dawn' Bronze Star 6/44

  • Frank Ashley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

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  • 41-24460

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-A] Westover 8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; wrecked 21/10/42 RAF Sutton Bridge, Cambs. with Wilson, life raft latch broke loose and raft tangled round horizontal stabilizer, rep; transferred 482BG Alconbury 22/8/43; 379BG Kimbolton...

  • 41-24570 Panhandle Doggie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR- ] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; damaged on first mission Abbeville 8-Nov-42 limped back to base, and became a Hangar Queen; Salvaged BD 27-Nov-42 10RTD. ...

  • 41-9100 Birmingham Blitzkreig

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    As 414BS/97BG Polebrook 11/4/42; flew first 8AF bombing mission with Lt. Thomas H. Borders, the Ball turret gunner: Kent West, credited with destruction of 1st German aircraft destroyed, on 17-August 1942; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; CCRC 1/43;...

  • 42-102608

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 8/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 25/5/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 21/1/45; 401BG Deenethorpe 25/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45;...

  • 42-102627 "Queenie"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/5/44; transferred 91BG Bassingbourn 25/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 20/6/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-102628

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-P] Kimbolton 13/5/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 18/6/44 with Steve King, Navigator: Don Casey, Bombardier: Chas Henry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Wheeler...

  • 42-102675

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 27/4/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Bill Smithdeal, Co-pilot: Henry Bengis, Navigator: Don Huhta, Bombardier: Chas Vevier*, Flight...

  • 42-102689 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 7/5/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 10/5/44;

  • 42-102690

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-Q] Kimbolton 18/5/44; battle damage over Cauvincourt, Fr, 8/8/44 with Chas Greenough, Co-pilot: Wallace Richard, Navigator: Joel Stephens, Bombardier: Bob Johnson,...

  • 42-102699

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 23/5/44; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK- ] Chelveston 25/5/44; Missing in Action Cottbus 29/5/44 with Ward Hanson, Co-pilot: Jacob Shearer, Navigator: Phil Vooz,...

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Date Contributor Update
07 October 2016 09:10:04 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Connected aircraft records that have 'Kimbolton' in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).