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Elmer Lee Koelling


Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Andrew Creo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 44 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Killed in B-29 mid air collision.

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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107146 Mairzy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-G] Kimbolton 11/4/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Edwin Spencer, Co-pilot: Mervyn Richards, Navigator: Gerard Gallagher, Bombardier: Warren Boone,...

  • 42-30720 Nine Yanks and a Rebel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Gore 18/7/43; Dallas 21/7/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Gr Isle 10/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG Thurleigh; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-O] Kimbolton 19/10/43; transferred 15AF 2/5/44; Ret UK AFSC 7/6/44; Returned to the USA 4136 BU 3/7/44;...

  • 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...

  • 42-31779

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/12/43; Cheyenne 18/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-J] Kimbolton 6/2/44; soon after t/o for mission on 27/8/44 #1 engine started throwing oil, then caught fire and bail out order was given, with Bill Stickler, Co...

  • 42-37859

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/9/43; Gr Island 2/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/10/43; force landed Gr Island, Ne with Don McMillan 1/11/43; with Herb Wright force landed St Angelo, Nth Ireland 12/2/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 8/7/44 with Willis Jones,...

  • 42-38058 The Wish Bone

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Albuquerque 3/12/43; Wendover 3/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 18/3/44. ...

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

  • 42-38161 Sara Jane

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BF [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Clarry Darnell, Co-pilot: John Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Wilkens, Ball turret gunner: Bill Snider, Waist gunner: Lewis Rule...

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

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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 Indiana, USA 1923

Son of Ira Koelling

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 9 February 1943

Los Angeles California

Based Kimbolton March 1944 – June 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 21 December 1944

Honourable discharge.


Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 16:54:01 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 media associations