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A bomber crew of the 527th Bomb Squadron of 379th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress 42-37805 FO-B “Carol Dawn” on 11 February 1944. The crew is possibly that of Second Lieutenant Glen R. Hufnail. Most of the crew in this photo were MIA on 2 March 1944 over Belgium.

Passed for publication 12 Feb 1944.
Handwritten caption on reverse: '4-2-44.'
Printed caption removed from reverse. Censor no: 304545. On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 381st Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress on the 4 February 1944. Passed for publication 12 Feb 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '4-2-44.' Printed caption removed from reverse. Censor no: 304545. On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Glen Hufnail

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by flak and crashed N of Charlevelle, FR on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 2 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31799. Prisoner of War (POW).

Aircraft

  • 42-37805 'Carol Dawn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 2/12/43; to 527BG [FO-B]; retUS Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 15/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2018 14:55:43 Lucy May Changes to caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Mervyn Wilson, Assistant Historian to the 379th Bomb Group Association:
'The aircraft is 42-37805 FO-B “Carol Dawn” assigned to 527BS of the 379th Bomb Group and is photographed on the main runway at Kimbolton. You will see the triangle K symbol on the tail and right wing which denotes the 379thBG, not 381BG as presently captioned.
Despite the reference to a date of 4th Feb 1944 (handwritten caption on reverse), Roger Freeman confirms the event date as 11th Feb 1944 on page 179 of his Mighty Eighth War Diary. This photo is linked to FRE 4784 which depicts flares being fired to warn other returning aircraft of the runway problem caused by “Carol Dawn” on 11/2/44.'

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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