42-39782 Pistol Packin Mama

Airmen of the 526th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group unload their gear after a mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress (LF-M, serial number 42-39782). Handwritten caption on reverse: '264849. 19.' Press caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Associated Press, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau[Stamps].

Object Number - FRE 4743 - Sergeants Leonard Walter, Ernest Davis, Arthur Murrey, Joe Martin and Eugene House of the 526th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group put on their flight...

Delivered Long Beach 29/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 21/10/43, then 526BS [LF-M]. Missing in Action Frankfurt 8 February 1944 with Herbert D. Rossberg, Bombardier: James B. Dougherty, Left Waist gunner: Albert F. Paplaskas (3 Killed in Action). Co-pilot: Matthew J. Bauer, Ball Turret gunner: Edward P. Dugan (Wounded in Action-POW), Right Waist gunner: Thurman P. Smotherman, Tail gunner: Frederick H. Brown Jr (4 Prisoners of War). Navigator: John A. Kupsick, Flight Engineer/Top Turret gunner: Charles E. Atkinson, Radio Operator: George F. Bennett (3 evaded capture). Enemy aircraft, crashed near Amy Airfield, four miles SW of Roye (Somme Department), France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2880.

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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 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15084516
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12011093 at enlistment, then O-688731
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15339963
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31084894
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-681986
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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Failed to Return (FTR)

France 8 February 1944

Revisions

Date10 Jul 2020 13:01:41
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 2890

Date4 Feb 2019 22:47:46
ContributorRayWells
Sources

Correction of navigators name

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:50
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2880 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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