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42-37859

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 24/9/43; Gr Island 2/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/10/43; force landed Gr Island, Ne with Don McMillan 1/11/43; with Herb Wright force landed St Angelo, Nth Ireland 12/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 8/7/44 with Willis Jones, Co-pilot: Bill Dry, Navigator: Bill McGinnis, Bombardier: Pete Saveskie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Phillips, Radio Operator: Bill Black, Ball turret gunner: Alvin Brady, Waist gunner: Bernard Schupp,Tail gunner: Chas Parrish (9RTD – all rescued); enemy aircraft, ditched in Channel on return; MISS MARY/SWEET SUE aka FIGHTIN’ COCK.

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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Black

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in North Sea on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4237859 RTD Also shot down by flak and crashed at Walheim on 8/9/44 Prisoner of War (POW) in B-17 #4232093

  • Russell Boyd

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

  • Alvin Brady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Ditched in North Sea on 7/7/44 in B-17 42-37859. On 8/9/44 hit by flak and crashed at Walheim in B-17 42-32093 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Dry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Ditched in North Sea on 7/7/44 in B-17 42-37859. RTD. On 8/9/44 crashed at Walheim in B-17 42-32093 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • 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.

  • Elmer Koelling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    RTD Ditched in North Sea on 7/7/44 in B-17 42-37859. Hit by flak and crashed at Walheim in B-17 42-32093 on 8/9/44 Killed in Action (KIA)

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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....

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Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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