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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/1/44; Morrison 4/2/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-J] Kimbolton 22/2/44;
Waist gunner: Charles Noonan (KIA- pilot was Roy Hoowa) Schweinfurt 24/2/44;
Returned from mission 8/6/44 with Fred Taylor, Co-pilot: Bill Richardson, Navigator: Matt Karcich, n/g-Sgt Bradley Wages, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Potter, Radio Operator: Chas Neal, Ball turret gunner: Jack Clement, Waist gunner: George Nedlock,Tail gunner: Charles Caselin (9 Returned to Duty); undercarriage collapsed halfway down runway; salvaged 2nd Strategic Air Depot 14/6/44.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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


  • Matthew Karcich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Charles Noonan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17G #42-38185 during a mission to Schwienfurt, GR.

  • Henry Potter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • William Richardson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Fred Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group


  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • 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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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log