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B-17G-105-BO #43-39165 'Ginny', 379th Bomb Group (FC-O)

Pictured are:
2nd Lieutenant James I Owens Jr., Pilot
Flight Officer Neil J Rissler, Co-Pilot
2nd Lieutenant Joseph L Tullier, Navigator
Staff Sergeant Charles Wells, Nose Gunner/Togglier
Staff Sergeant William K Byard Jr., Radio Operator/Gunner
Tech Sergeant Stephan Wigoda, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
Sergeant Robert K Barrett, Ball Turret Gunner
Tech Sergeant Alvin E Selfridge, Waist Gunner
Staff Sergeant Carl Roberts Jr., Tail Gunner

Original Image caption:
A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses beside the Boeing B-17 "Ginny" at an 8th Air Force base in England on 28 April 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...


  • Robert Barrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Planes: 'Carol Dawn,' 'Jenny'; Berlin raids; Dresden lead plane

  • Niel Rissler

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Flew 32 missions on 'Gravel Gertie'

  • Charles Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Staff Sergeant Charles E. Roberts was born November 27, 1908. His next of kin were his parents, Joseph and Annie Roberts. He was from Dorcester, Massachusetts. ...

  • Lester Tullier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Engineer
    Shot down at Eidelstedt on 6/16/44 in B-17 #4231648 KIA Killed in Action (KIA) Laon/Couvron airdome in France Ensign Mary crew.

  • Stephan Wigoda

    Military | Technical Sergeant | engineer / Gunner


  • 43-39165

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 22/12/44; Grenier 3/1/45; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 7/1/45; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 22/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...


Date Contributor Update
15 January 2022 09:09:48 b17flyingfortress_de Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations