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42-31085

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete Krosunger, Waist gunner: Don Fields,Tail gunner: Ray Pekonen (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bob Smith, Bombardier: Syd Kelly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alby Rowe (3KIA - two chutes failed); flak, crashed Altenroda, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7357. ANITA MARIE.

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

  • Alexander Andrews

    Military | General | Observer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. ...

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Boyd

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Frank Ciancia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Columbo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Flew in B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD Awards: AM, 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.

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Daniel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Paul Fetterhoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Flew in B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

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) Germany 7 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:06:51 TennyBelle Changes to mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:59:03 TennyBelle Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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