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"Lt. Simons and crew of the 379th Bomb Group pose beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" at an 8th Air Force base in England, 31 August 1943."

Crew: 2Lt Harry R Simons Pilot, 2Lt John H Robins Co-Pilot, 2Lt Ralph F Brinkley Jr. Nav, 2Lt William Bonin Bomb, S/Sgt Joseph W Perdue RO, S/Sgt Arthur A Bourdeau TTG, S/Sgt James H Foster RWG, Sgt William R Brinton LWG, S/Sgt Raymond W Veiders TG, Sgt Stephen M Nance BTG.



  • 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

    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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron


  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872. ...


  • 42-5830 'Hag of Harderwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...


Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 13:33:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations