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Mural commemorating the crew of B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97942) nicknamed "Heavenly Body II" at Canvey Island sea wall, Essex.

Connections

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Lloyd Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Burns lied about his age, with his father's permission and joined the AAF at 18 instead of 19. Flew all his missions, between Apr 44 and June 44. He was just 20 years old when he completed them and the youngest...

  • William Farmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Gibbs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Jack Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 ...

  • Frederick Kauffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH

  • Leroy Monk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Returned from Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 6983 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Sadler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983. ...

  • Louis Schulte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29th mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Zudausques mission in B-17 42-97942; A/C collided with 44-6133 in the haze and crashed into the Thames Estuary. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6983 ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2021 08:28:48 Emily Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Photographs courtesy of Paul Butterworth, local resident

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