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42-31927

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-F] Kimbolton 8/2/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 13/8/44 with Bob Felgar, Navigator: Homer Gregory, Bombardier: J.W. Hansen, Radio Operator: Ron Moellering, Ball turret gunner: Harry Swinger, Waist gunner: Carl Weller,Tail gunner: Bob Fox (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Henry Benitez, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Chase (2 Killed in Action); flak hit quickly followed by explosion, crashed Lonlay Le Tesson, SE of Flers, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7905.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Benitez

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Falaise in B-17 #4231927

  • Albert Chase

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Falaise in B-17 #42-31927, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Felgar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    POW. Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 42-31927.

  • Robert Fox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 #4231927 POW

  • Harold Greenwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew under squadron commander Robert F. Layton, operations Officer. 15 missions over france. 15 missions over Germany

  • Homer Gregory

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • J Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 #4231927 POW

  • Ronald Moellering

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 34231927 POW

  • Harry Swinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 42-31927 POW

  • Carl Weller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise on 8/13/44 in B-17 42-31927. 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 13 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7905 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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