42-31028 Mojo

Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio Operator: Ole Nelson, Ball turret gunner: Don Harmon, Waist gunner: Leo Borkowski (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bill Bonin, Waist gunner: Rufus Till, Tail gunner: Ray Veiders (3 Prisoner of War); flak set bomb bay afire, ship left formation, crashed Gattrup, near Senden/Westfalen, nine miles SW of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2872. MOJO.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12093092 / O-676540
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32503638
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13081881 / O-809547
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33338104
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39612777
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Munster, Germany 1944-02-22 - 1944-02-22 Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 2872

Assigned

RAF Kimbolton, UK 1943-11-19 Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Cheyenne AAF, WY 1943-09-04 Delivered Cheyenne AAF4-Sep-43.

Revisions

Date18 May 2022 14:01:55
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date29 Apr 2021 19:53:51
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added "B-17" to the Production block number.

Date18 Nov 2020 22:28:18
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date8 Feb 2020 00:49:17
Contributorphil marchese
Sources

See 42-29772 & 42-32000 entries.
379th BG association has self-conflictiing entries. The inflight image of #772 resolves some of the conflicts regarding MOJO (the 379th BG original).

Date7 Feb 2020 18:54:16
Contributorphil marchese
Sources

Osborne; FORTLOG

Date7 Feb 2020 18:22:55
Contributorphil marchese
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Removed early F series images from G series aircraft .

Date21 Sep 2019 16:48:54
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date15 Dec 2016 10:20:42
ContributorLucy May
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Removed instruction from nickname field ('You have the wrong aircraft pictured here. You have 42-31023. When we search for aircraft 42-31028- this is what comes up. 42-31028 was a 379th BG assigned to the 524th BS Fuselage Code WA-C - Nose Art "Mojo"') as mistake now rectified.

Date15 Dec 2016 03:21:56
Contributorcody1947
Sources

Aircraft Record Card and the 379th BG anthology.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:36
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2872 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database