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Nathan Gershenbaum


Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME



  • John Conroy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. In baling out, was struck by open bomb bay doors resulting in a damaged shoulder and sustaining a...

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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


  • 42-31597 Landa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy...


  • 731

    30 November 1944

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....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Manhattan Borough 25 July 1914

Son of Harry and Sarah Gershenbaum.

Enlisted New York, NY 9 January 1943

NoK: - Wife Sophie Gershenbaum.

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 30 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out POW Vicinity Leipzig 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. POW. MACR 11127

Discharged USAAF 11 January 1946
Died Hollywood, FL 21 September 1989
Buried New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, NY 25 September 1989

New Montefiore Cemetery
West Babylon, Suffolk County, NY


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 09:53:35 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11127 / MACR 11127; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 330 and 331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database