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42-3113

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 94BG /43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-F] Kimbolton 3/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 29/5/43 with Art Hale, Co-pilot: Stuart Sharp, Navigator: Vern Andruskeiwicz, Bombardier: Jerry Ahern, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Ford, Radio Operator: Joe Lasitor, Ball turret gunner: Chester Whitney, Waist gunner: Chester Moore, Waist gunner: Lee Hilton, Tail gunner: Larry Josselyn (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crash landed with pilot & rop, at Pontivy, 30 miles N of Vannes, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1292.

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

  • Jerry Ahern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 29 May 43 in B-17 #42-3113, hit by flak and fighters, crashed near Pontivy, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bernard Andruskiewicz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Noel Britten

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 June 1943 in B-17 #42-3114, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Ford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Hale

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). The 525th SQ Submarine pens at St. Nazaire, France May 29th 1943, Mission #1 Aircraft. POW

  • Lee Hilton

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Josselyn

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Lasiter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW) 23 months. LOM/ PH/ GC/ POW

  • Chester Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stuart Sharp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3113, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 29 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 20:17:47 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Corrected a typo in the A/C "Description" - "Ahern" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 20:09:57 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 21:34:44 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Removed comment info from the nickname field where it does not belong.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2019 13:27:59 phil marchese Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM image
Research by FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 with IARCs and 379th BG Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1292 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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