Samuel W Blackford


Object Number - UPL 24235 - The crew of 379th Bomb Group's "Ye Olde Pub." Left to right standing: S/Sgt. Bertrand "Frenchy" Coulombe, Sgt. Alex Yelesanko, T/Sgt. Richard...

Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion


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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


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ye Olde Pub
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Carol Dawn
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron 527th Bomb Squadron


Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:01

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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