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"A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of a Boeing B-17 "Big Barn Smell" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 23 June 1944."

Rear L - R: Frank Janish, Mechanic; Robert Pressler, BT; Wayne Anthony, RO; Unknown; Robert Worbois, TT; Thomas Duffy, Waist G; Bruce Drynab , Mechanic

Front L - R: Francis Drake, Co-Pilot; Carl Szell, Armorer; Ralph Ross, Pilot; Rinaldo Procario, Bombardier; Ernest Black, Navigator; Kenneth Harrison, Crew Chief

Seated - John Wilson, Armorer

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Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wayne Anthony

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Black

    Military | Major | Navigator
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Drake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Drynan

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic
    Assigned to 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Harrison

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: LOM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Janish

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Pressler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rinaldo Procario

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards:

  • Ralph Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Szell

    Military | Corporal | Armourer
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Award: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-32093 'BIG BARN SMELL'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 3/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-K] Kimbolton 11/3/44; Missing in Action Ulm 9/8/44 with Willis Jones, Bombardier: Paul Repas, ng-Bill McGinnis (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2019 11:48:44 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
13 July 2019 12:34:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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