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42-31555

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Oklahoma City 24/12/43; Kearney 8/1/44; Presque Is 17/1/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 31/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Bill Hendrickson, Navigator: Harry Wolodka, Bombardier: Jim Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Ball, Radio Operator: Gus Houser, Ball turret gunner: Sam Bishop, Waist gunner: Rance Webley, Waist gunner: Tom George,Tail gunner: Gus Donatelli (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John Moore (KIA-refused to bale out); enemy aircraft, crashed two miles S of Kirchdorf, on Uchte Road, near Kiepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2909.

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gus Ball

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD. ...

  • Samuel Bishop

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD. Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G ...

  • August Donatelli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD. Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G ...

  • 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 George

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • William Hendrickson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD. Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G ...

  • Gus Houser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD. Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G ...

  • James Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31555. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Fell out of formation duce to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31555. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Sanda

    Military | Captain | Pilot; S-3 Officer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2909 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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