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42-37805

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 2/12/43; to 527BG [FO-B]; retUS Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. CAROL DAWN.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron
  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Andrews was shot down on a mission to Hamburg on 25 June 1943 when his B-17 #42-30107 "Black Magic" was attacked by enemy aircraft. Andrews bailed out of the crashing aircraft after his Navigator. He was taken Prisoner of War on landing. ...

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Robert was actually born Gordon, but his older brothers called him Bobby and the name stuck. ...

  • Clarence Ashcraft

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 379th Bomb Group
    125 missions - 41-3167 "Ye Old Pub" & 103 without an abort on 42-37805 'Carol Dawn' Bronze Star 6/44

  • Samuel Blackford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

  • 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 ...

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Harold Corbin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bertrand Coulombe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Elton Crenshaw

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 896

    19 March 1945

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1943

Built at Douglas aircraft.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 6 September 1943

Delivered Long Beach 6-Sep-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 2 December 1943

Assigned 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2-Dec-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 10 December 1943

Transferred 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12/43

Crashed Kimbolton, UK 11 February 1944

Crashed due to landing gear failure, (burst tyre) Kimbolton 11-Feb-44.

Returned ZI Bradley International Airport (BDL), Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 12 June 1945

Returned to USA, Bradley 12-Jun-45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 16:47:10 TennyBelle Changes to mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 16:21:46 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7855

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 16:14:42 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7855

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 15:52:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7855

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 20:45:51 crenshawbm Changes to markings, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Cross reference to mission log, and hand written caption from photographer. 3/19/45 mission over Plauen crossed from 8th AAF records showing aircraft flew 127 total missions. Handwritten caption shows "Carn Dawn - 125 missions" the 125th mission in aircraft mission log was 3/19/45 over Paulen. Photographer E.D. Crenshaw (radio operator) mission log also shows Plauen on 3/19/45. Photo scanned from family album.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 21:46:34 cody1947 Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Aircraft Record Card

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 21:45:05 cody1947 Changes to media associations
Sources

379th BG Association

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2015 21:13:28 tfoster3030 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, person associations and place associations
Sources

my grandfather was crew chief of the "Ye Olde Pub & Carol Dawn. These pictures were discovered after the passing of my grandmother late in 2014.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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