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42-31592

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Wendover 10/12/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 18/3/44; crashed on take off with Harry Watson after stalling 23/1/45; Salvaged.

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

  • Joseph Cameron

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but five mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD ...

  • Donald Corkran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Flew all but five mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Cummings

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but four missions in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), Good Conduct.

  • Thomas Hamm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but five mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Billy Hancock

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

  • Leonard Leeds

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Killed on the ground when 'Nobody's Baby' crashed on take off.

  • Chester Piatkowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-38082 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-37784, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5321 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Carl Stibbens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Wheels-up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. Returned to Duty (RTD). 32 x combat missions. 10 flown on 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. He was shot down twice over enemy lines. ...

  • Ralph Wells

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions, all but 3 of which were in B-17 42-97170. Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD. ...

  • Hayes Wilson

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner / Armourer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but four mission in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2016 17:10:33 Lucy May Changes to nicknames
Sources

Information sent through to the museum by Richard Lewis.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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