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42-107068

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 10/2/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [WA-O] Kimbolton 11/4/44; Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with Tom Butcher, Co-pilot: Joe Wells, Navigator: Franklin Vita, Bombardier: Dick Daniels, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Reid, Radio Operator: Rollin Bonham, Ball turret gunner: Ben Burseth, Waist gunner: Rudi Supper, Tail gunner: Ralph Crawford (9INT); flak damage, crashed Espinal-Mezquiriz, Navarra, Spain; Missing Air Crew Report 6737. POWERFUL KATRINKA.

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

  • Rollin Boneham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interned (INT).

  • Bennie Burseth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interned (INT).

  • Thomas Butcher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interred (INT).

  • Ralph Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interned (INT).

  • Richard Daniels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interned (INT).

  • Robert Reid

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 6/25/44, Plane name was 'Powerful Katrina'. They were smuggled out by the resistance and returned to base. Worked at Robins AFB in civil service after the war. Air Medal w /Oak Leaf Cluster;

  • John Sterling

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    Working 25 straight hours on occasion to ensure aircraft is mission ready. He would not declare an aircraft combat fit unless certain it was in perfect flying condition and passed the pre-flight check without a glitch. Not comfortable with the position...

  • Rudolph Supper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068, Interned (INT).

  • Franklin Vita

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1944 in 'Powerful Katrinka'. Interned in Spain. Returned to England. ...

  • Joseph Wells

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/25/44 in B-17 'Powerful Katrina' #42-107068 INT/RTD. Crashed near Mannheim on 9/8/44 in B-17 'Blue Blazing Blizzard' # 42-31720, Prisoner of War (POW).

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) France 25 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2020 21:54:10 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6737 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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