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43-37851

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 18/7/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Henry McFadden, Auburn Kattengell, Russ Curtis, Paul Hamilton, Howard Ellard, Don Ware, Ernie Fisher, Bob Somoer, Derwin Blankenship (9 Returned to Duty); jet enemy aircraft, crash landed continent ?. Missing Air Crew Report 13874.

"""" From: RANDY & TAWNYA, nwfc26@access995.com
To: looking4@379thbga.org
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 7:53 PM
Subject: Kero Abrashoff

I am looking for information on my grandfather T/SGT Kero Abrashoff, his crew members, and B-17 numbers he flew on. He was in the 524 Squadron, of the 379th Bomb Group, and flew on 35 missions.
Thanks for your help,
Randall Abrashoff

Randall -
Association records for Kero Abrashoff show he flew 29 missions as top turret gunner with the 524th Bomb Squadron from November 2, 1944 to April 11, 1945. Records indicate missions number 230, 238, 240, 244, 248, 251, 252, 255, 256, 258, 260, 265, 266, 268, 269, 272, 274, 276, 280, 281, 292, 295, 297, 298, 299, 302, 303, 305, and 323. Sgt. Abrashoff may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we have in our records.

From our records, Sgt Abrashoff flew missions in the following aircraft: A/C 43-37851, Squadron Code WA-O, "Goo Goo" (Missions 230, 240, 244, 248, 251, 252, 255, 256, 258, 260, 265, 266, 268, 269, 272, 274, 276, 280, 292), A/C 43-38695, Squadron Code WA-Q (Mission 238), A/C 43-37950 (Mission 281), A/C 44-6561, Squadron Code WA-C, "Reich Raider" (mission 295), A/C 42-97370, Squadron Code WA-A, "The Hellion" (Missions 297, 298, 299), A/C 43-39113, Squadron Code WA-N (Missions 302, 303), A/C 44-6915, Squadron Code WA-M (Mission 305), and A/C 43-37570, Squadron Code WA-K, "Miss Liberty" (Mission 323). Crew on "Goo Goo" for Mission 230, and what looks to be Sgt Abrashoff's regular crew is as follows:

Simpkins Jr., Howard W, 2nd Lt, Pilot
Gjelvik, Edgar C, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Eppinger, Ira G, F/O, Nav
Parker, Raymond W, 2nd Lt, Bomb
Yeomans, Donald D, Sgt, Radio Op
Abrashoff, Kero, Sgt, Top Turret
Sterner, Guy S, Sgt, Ball Turret
Delong, Walter B, Sgt, Waist
Hill, Mack W, Sgt, Tail

Sorry, none of these crewmembers are on our current Association roster. No pictures are available of the aircraft listed except "Miss Liberty", a copy will be sent in separate e-mail. This response will be posted in the "Looking 4" section of our website, in case any members have any additional information.

Responding 4 9/19/2005
Kent"""""

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Derwin Blankenship

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 18 missions over Germany -- was shot down on our 18th mission at Oranienburg on 10 April 1945 -- was Prisoner of War (POW) for about 30 days (I called it a walking tour of Germany). We were never in a Stalag camp. The 8th British Army* bypassed us...

  • Russell Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg mission 10 April 1945. Plane believed to have rudder shot off and was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Howell Ellard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg, 10 April 1945 mission. Plane was believed to have the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Ernest Fisher

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 AC was believed to have the top of it's rudder shot off. Seen going down under control. RTMC.

  • Edgar Gjelvik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • 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

  • Paul Hamilton

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 mission. Plane believed to have the top of it's rudder shot off and A/C was seen straggling behind formation and going down under control. RTMC.

  • Auburn Kattengell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg 10 April 1945 mission. Plane believed to have had the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to base.

  • Henry McFadden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg, Germany mission 10 April 1945 Aircrat 'Goo Goo' was hit by ME 262; s at target and believed to have had the top of its rudder shot off. AC was seen straggling behind the formation and was seen going down under control. Returned to duty.

  • Eugene Merritt

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 05:37:01 JoCarter Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://www.379thbga.org/Looking4%201300-1291%20p30.htm

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 05:35:40 JoCarter Changes to description
Sources

http://www.379thbga.org/Looking4%201300-1291%20p30.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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