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"A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses beside a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Fatso" at an 8th Air Force base in England, 24 March 1944."

Rear L-R: 2Lt Edmund H Lutz, 2Lt,Frank A Banell, Unkn, Unkn, Unkn, 2Lt Andrew B Creo.

Front L-R: Unkn, Unkn, Unkn, Unkn.

Crew for 24-Mar-44 in B-17 42-30720 were 2Lt Andrew B Creo (P), 2Lt Edmund H Lutz (CP), 2Lt Frank A Banell (N), S/Sgt Carl B Christensen (Tog), Sgt's William M Martin (TT), Howard C Damon (RO), Elmer L Koelling (BT), Billy J Hancock (RW), Russell Boyd (LW), Lawrence E Becker (TG).

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Banell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Frank Banell served as a navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group as part of Andrew Creo's crew. They were transferred from Gunnery School to the 379th Bomb Group in February 1944.

  • Lawrence Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 36 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Boyd

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Andrew Creo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Killed in B-29 mid air collision.

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Billy Hancock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Koelling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edmund Lutz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 30 x missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2019 15:13:43 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 12:49:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
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