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Maurice Arthur Preston


First Commander of the 379th BG

Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster


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

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 Weed, California 25 November 1912
Died Bethesda, MD, USA 25 January 1983


Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 16:35:37 KD4ITI Changes to nickname, awards and events

Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45; 379th Bombardment Anthology, Part 2, pg 167