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42-31597

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy, Milton Fox, Nathan Gershenbaum, Patrick Kelley, Elmer Evanson, Jack Butterfield (6 Prisoner of War); Frank Neu, George McClelland, Ernie Seager(3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Doelzig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11127.

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

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD. ...

  • Jack Butterfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Conroy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. In baling out, was struck by open bomb bay doors resulting in a damaged shoulder and sustaining a...

  • Elmer Evanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Milton Fox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Nathan Gershenbaum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • 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

  • Patrick Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George McClellan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out successfully unwounded. when next seen by crewmember, he was unconscious with a broken back...

  • Robert McGee

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    From Butte, Montana. Flew 35 missions as B-17 bombardier and flight officer between April 24 and June 25, 1944 when he was 19 years old. Twelve missions were in 42-97833 Silver Dollar, five in 42-97678 Birmingham Jewel. Primarily with Jack Puckett’s...

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Missions

  • 438

    24 June 1944

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 30 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2020 15:36:01 rjwiggins Changes to nicknames, person associations and mission associations
Sources

From 379thbga.org files.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11127 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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