42-31720 The blue blazing blizzard

Object Number - UPL 28922

Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-M] Kimbolton 27/1/44; Bombardier: Bill Rau (KIA-pilot was Ernal Bridwell) 29/1/44 his ship landing at RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex, UK; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 8/9/44 with Orvest Ellingson, Bombardier: Cliff Danielsen, Radio Operator: Roy Manssen, Ball turret gunner: Joe De Mure (4 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Joe Wells, Navigator: Merrill Collins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Harrell, Waist gunner: Clair Young, Tail gunner: Wallace Tipsword (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed NW of Lampertheim, NW of Mannheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8844. THE BLUE BLAZING BLIZZARD.

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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: 33368799
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Events

Event Location Date Description

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1944-09-08

Revisions

Date9 Jun 2021 17:28:27
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.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:40
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8844 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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