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42-29876

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/2/43; Gore 4/3/43; Souix City 18/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-B] Kimbolton 23/4/43. Missing in Action Nantes 16 September 1943 with Pilot Elton Hoyt III, Co-pilot: Norman C. Schroeder, Navigator: William J. Cook Jr, Bombardier: Louis H. Glickman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John F. Thomas (POW), Radio Operator: Herbert W. Dulberg, Ball turret gunner: Russell H. Eldridge, Left Waist gunner: William J. Miller, Right Waist gunner: Harry L. Minor, Tail gunner: Edward R. Shaffer (all Evaded except Thomas). Flak and fighter, crashed near Messac, NE of Redon, 37 miles NW of Nantes, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 978. BATTLIN' BOBBIE.

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

  • William Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD). ...

  • Herbert Dulberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD).

  • Russell Eldridge

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Louis Glickman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Elton Hoyt

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 near Rennes, France in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie' and waded through Spain to Gibraltar - Feb. '44; crew survived; some as Prisoner of War (POW)s and some as evaders; awarded Silver Star after return from Schweinfurt 8...

  • James Leckey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD. 9 x combat missions. Shot down 17-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30309 'Raging Red'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1763 ...

  • William Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD).

  • Harry Minor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was sheltered in various places in France. He was among the 17 Allied airmen (1 from the RAF, all the others from...

  • Norman Schroeder

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD).

  • Edward Shaffer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29876 'Battlin' Bobbie', Evaded (EVD). Purple Heart 16 Sep 1943

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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) La Lande de Cormeré, near Messac, France 16 September 1943

Hit by fighter and Flak, crashed near Messac, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 18:58:28 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed a "." from the nickname.

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 13:47:09 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 978

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 03:29:22 phil marchese Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM synopsis and associated image

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 978 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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