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42-29897

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/1/46. CENSORED (FOREQUETOO).

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Constant Anszperger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage in B-17 42-29933. RTD. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Weldon Bledsoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Bonin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872. ...

  • Leo Borkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872. ...

  • John Bremer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Crickmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marshall Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ole Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872. ...

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872. ...

  • Rufus Till

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872. ...

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....

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 18:14:11 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-75-bo-42-29832-42...

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 19:11:07 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added connection to the 8th AF.
Added connections to the 524th BS & 379th BG mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 18:57:37 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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