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Russell F Boyd


Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 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

  • 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...

  • 526th 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; ...

  • 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...

  • 42-37859

    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:...

  • 42-38183 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...

  • 42-39789 Skunkface

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F] Kimbolton 19/10/43; then 526BS [LF-W]; transferred 487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; ret US 1103 Morrison 31/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4...

  • 42-97302

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/44; Gr Island 4/3/44; Grenier 20/3/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-B] Kimbolton 9/4/44; aborted mission due to engine fire; Langendreer, Germany 16/2/45 with Edgar Vestey, crash landed New Buckingham ?, UK; Salvaged.

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
Based Kimbolton March 1944 – June 1944

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


Date Contributor Update
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