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Keith Walter Cummings


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Flew all but four missions in B-17 42-97170 'Julie Mae'. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), Good Conduct.



  • Ralph Wells

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions, all but 3 of which were in B-17 42-97170. Wheels up landing at night during a training flight on 31-Mar-44 in B-17F 42-29624 'Pappy'. RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107169 Lynne Marie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 12/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 6/4/44; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-T] Kimbolton; ...

  • 42-31592 No Body's Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Wendover 10/12/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-R] Kimbolton 18/3/44; crashed on take off with Harry Watson after stalling 23/1/45; Salvaged.

  • 42-38057 Flak Rabbit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43/ Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 26/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-K] Kimbolton 18/3/44; sal 2 SAD 10/11/44.

  • 42-38111

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; Presque Is 9/1/44; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 21/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-H] Kimbolton 12/2/44; aborted mission to Leipzig, 7/7/44 when u/c collapsed at end of runway, with Gene Jordan, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-97170 Julie Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 13/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Kennewick, Art Gordon, Joe Werley, Art Reynolds, Turrell Benson, Ralph Weiss, Don LaRose (7 Killed in Action); Sam...

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 St Lawrence County, NY 3 April 1923

Son of Ernest Lorne and Grace M Mae [Taylor] Cummings.

Enlisted New York, NY 29 December 1941

New York City, New York.

Based Kimbolton April 1944 – July 1944

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

Discharged USAAF 7 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Tampa, FL 24 January 2003


Date Contributor Update
14 March 2020 09:40:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 20:16:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2019 08:26:38 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / nephew, David L. Cummings; 379th Bomb Group Anthology pg 123