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Joseph G Glaser Jr


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Finished 30 missions and then volunteered for 3 more. Lead Bombardier on grapefruit mission (glide bomb) to Cologne, Germany 28-May-44. Earlier on Hamburg mission, 25-Jul-43, pilot Lt Carlisle killed, I then assisted co-pilot Lt Bigler in flying plane safely back with no oxygen.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Charles Bigler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Co-pilot of B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission, when pilot Lt Willis C Carlisle was killed at controls. A/C fought off fighters whilst in uncontrolled plunge from 16,000ft to 3,500ft 25...

  • Willis Carlisle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Pilot fatally wounded by fighter attack in B-17 42-29866 'Judy B' on Hamburg mission. Took deflected round (ricocheted off co-pilots seat) in back. Crew fought off fighters and co-pilot...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29866 'Judy B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 21/4/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Chas Biglar, Bombardier: John Boyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Tyler,...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...

  • 42-32000 Mojo Jr/ Twentieth Century

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 26/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44. ...

  • 42-97980

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/4/44; Langley 12/6/44; Dow Fd 2/7/44; slated 96BG, Assigned 305BG Chelveston 4/7/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 29/7/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-X] Kimbolton 4/8/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with ?; force...


  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

Associated Place

  • 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....


Event Location Date
Born Williamston, Mich 22 April 1920
Enlisted Detroit, MI 1 October 1941

Detroit, Michigan

Based Kimbolton May 1943 – August 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Jupiter, FL 6 February 2011
Buried Michigan, USA 10 February 2011

Michigan, USA


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 09:56:24 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, November 1942-July 1945
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 20:25:17 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative : David Glaser