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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 28/2/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-P] Kimbolton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/6/44 with Jim Wheat, Co-pilot: Leslie Neilsen, Navigator: Walt Cooney, Bombardier: George Berner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Calvin Deckor, Radio Operator: George Maisch, Ball turret gunner: Bill Sullivan, Waist gunner: Bob Mercado, Tail gunner: Alvin Carter (9 Returned to Duty); flak, on return ditched North Sea eight miles off Gt Yarmouth, Nfk, UK, all rescued.



  • 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...


  • Walter Cooney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down in Channell on 6/20/44 in B-17 #4297261 RTD

  • William Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down in channel on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42-97261, Returned (RTD). Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #43-38275 'Take Me Home'. A/C fell out of formation before the IP, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Wheat

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down in Channel in B-17#4297261 on 6/24/44 Returned


  • 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....


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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2021 21:21:35 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 23:35:01 cody1947 Changes to nicknames, markings and person associations

Descriptions from former Crewman; Descriptions from the family of Top turret Gunner David Willey (who still has his bomber jacket from WWII) with the Nose Art of Skylark written on the back and 379th BG records Historian Richard Lewis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database