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Frank J Ciancia


Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Earl Houston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29633 SpitzFire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H/J/N/D] Chelveston 4/3/43. Completed missions as "Spitz Fire" under command of Lt. Frank R. Spitznagel Jr. until 8/19/43; transferred 381BG Ridgewell 11/9/43 1m; 526BS/379BG [LF-U]...

  • 42-29905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Metropolitan 15/4/43; New Castle 21/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-K/Z] Kimbolton 21/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 29/8/44; Hobbs 11/9/43; Kirtland 7/1/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-31085 Anita Marie / Mehitabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete...

  • 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:...


  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

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 Westchester County, NY 28 October 1907

Son of Mary Ciancia.

Enlisted New York City, NY 22 August 1942

New York City, New York

Based Kimbolton October 1943 – April 1944

Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 21 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Hallandale, FL 3 October 1985


Date Contributor Update
09 July 2019 19:16:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945