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42-31510

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Romulus 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 4/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Don McCall, Co-pilot: Chas Gurney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fiers, Waist gunner: Joe Lantigne (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Sgt Tom Geary, Bombardier: Leo Williams, Radio Operator: John Cvitkovich, Ball turret gunner: Gene Hively, Waist gunner: George Sciligo, Tail gunner: Edgar Taylor (6EVD-all ret UK by 8/9/44); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & #4, crashed Afferden, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 2875.

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

  • 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.

  • John Cvitkovich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed...

  • James Fiers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed...

  • 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.

  • Thomas Geary

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed near Afferden, Holland on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17 42-31510 'Paperdoll'. Evaded (EVD). Returned to England by 8...

  • Charles Gurney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed...

  • Donald Harmon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in 1938 initially serving with military police. Transferred to US air Corp in 1942. Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Part of Ed Mueller's crew. Hospitalized by frostbite, hence not with his regular crew when they were lost in B-17 42-29724...

  • Eugene Hively

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed...

  • Joseph Lantigne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. Damaged by flak near the target at Wernigerode, GR and then shot down by fighters on the return and crashed...

  • Donald McCall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ash, Kent on return from operations on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-31021 'Whirlaway'. RTD. ...

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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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 19:27:33 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 19:26:19 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 05:09:05 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned n the "Summary biographys" of crew members.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2875 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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