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Derwin D Blankenship


Flew 18 missions over Germany -- was shot down on our 18th mission at Oranienburg on 10 April 1945 -- was Prisoner of War (POW) for about 30 days (I called it a walking tour of Germany). We were never in a Stalag camp. The 8th British Army* bypassed us in a little town. Then we started back to Hamburg Germany to be processed out of the country back to good old USA. We were in the last escorted ships back to USA from France. [* Probably the 2nd British Army -- the 8th British Army was in Italy. ]

AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters



  • Robert Sommer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Oranienburg, 10 April 1945 believed to have the top of the rudder shot off and seen going down under control. RTMC

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


  • 43-37851 Goo Goo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 18/7/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Henry McFadden, Auburn Kattengell, Russ Curtis, Paul Hamilton, Howard Ellard, Don Ware, Ernie Fisher, Bob...

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 Richmond, Missouri 10 October 1916


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 08:49:30 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

MACR 13874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 341