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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Alexandra 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 6/3/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 28/12/44.

Missing in Action Ingolstadt 5/4/45 with Joe Hourtal, Martin Kane (2 Killed in Action).
Ed Robertson, Carlos Whitehead, Dick Rowan, John Roberts, Sam Reeves, Don Millar (6 Returned to Duty).
Crashed Bellheim, Germany.



  • 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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • Lloyd Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Burns lied about his age, with his father's permission and joined the AAF at 18 instead of 19. Flew all his missions, between Apr 44 and June 44. He was just 20 years old when he completed them and the youngest...

  • Kenneth Cassens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Author of Screwball Express: Authentic Biography Of A B-17G Flying Fortress Assigned To 379th Bomb Group (H) Kimbolton, England, World War II ...

  • Harold Greenwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew under squadron commander Robert F. Layton, operations Officer. 15 missions over france. 15 missions over Germany

  • Charles Herbison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 11/8/44 in B-17 'Tag-a-Long' #4231663

  • Joseph Hourtal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    WIA. on 5 Apr 45 The 'Screwball Express' was severly hit by flak and crashed at Bellheim. The crew bailed out. Capt Hourtal landed feet first with his parachute caught in a tree, his feet were severed, he was taken to a French hospital and then...

  • Martin Kane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) The 'Screwball Express' sustained severe damage and the crew bailed out . Lt Kane's main chute only partially opened and he landed face down in shallow water in a swamp. Plane was a B-17 42-97128. The rest of the crew survived.

  • John Lohr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    In 1944 John F. Lohr was assigned to the 8th Air Force's 379th Bomb Group,526th squadron in the European Theater and Participated in the Battle of the Ardennes as a radio operator/gunner on a B-17 based in Kimbolton England.

  • Donald Millar

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD bailed out on 5 Apr 45 after plane severly damaged by flak, landed in France 'Screwball Express' B-17 #4297128

  • Sam Reaves

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD Bailed out on 5 Apr 45 when plane severly damaged by flak 'Screwball Express' B-17 #4297128

  • Edwards Roberson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed on 5 Apr 45 in Screwball Express B-17 #4297128

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  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Crashed Bellheim, Germany 5 April 1945


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17 June 2015 11:29:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
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