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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/8/44; Lincoln 11/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 10/9/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with ?; crash landed continent; Salvaged 30/3/45.

"Bombs from one aircraft knocked off the right horizontal stabilizer of aircraft 43-38420"
- Abortive Mission 213, October 02, 1944 - Cologne, Germany - Target: Marshaling Yards



  • 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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 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

  • Richard Lehmann

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

  • 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.


  • 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....


Event Location Date
Crashed 18 March 1945

Damage sustained when hit from above by bombs dropped from another aircraft in the formation.


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2019 14:17:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to markings, description and events

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2019 11:12:09 JeanH Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, markings, description, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations