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42-29694

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 5/2/43; Salina 12/2/43; Rapid City 16/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 29/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG Alconbury 5/4/43, but en route to UK had landing accident with Bill Lindley at Barcelona, Venzuela; 1m with John Storie [wia] 19/3/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-V] Alconbury 7/7/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-X] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Larry Malarin, Co-pilot: Harry Burdette, Navigator: Francis Kenny, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Cook (4 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: J.W. Webb, Radio Operator: John Philips, Ball turret gunner: Edgar Morris, Waist gunner: Warren Pace, Waist gunner: Clifford Bickle,Tail gunner: Vernon Holden (6KIA-all found in wreckage); flak, crashed Petersfield, near Garrel, four miles N of Cloppenurg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1577. SOUTHERN BELLE.

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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifford Bickle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Burdette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694 on fourth mission. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft I. EAME/ POW

  • Joseph Cook

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Vernon Holden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Kenny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Malarin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edgar Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warren Pace

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29694. FOD Shot down on 26 Nov 1943 on Bremen port area mission 'A/C went down in target area and 7 chutes were seen. '

  • John Phillips

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229694. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Storie

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. 19 May 1943. B-17F #42-29694 'Southern Belle'

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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
Crashed Barcelona, Venezuela May 1943

En route to UK had landing accident with Pilot Lt Bill Lindley at Barcelona, Venzuela.

Crashed Garrel, Germany 26 November 1943 – 26 November 1943

Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43. Cause - flak, crashed Petersfield, near Garrel, four miles N of Cloppenurg, Germany. (4 x POW, 6 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR1577.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 21:35:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1577 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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