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Donald H Makins

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Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • Cletis Campbell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Chard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louie Courtney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Harke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kritzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hartley Seymour

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Sanderson Sloane

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Spens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down and disintegrated in mid-air and crashed near Schlebusch, GR on a mission to Wernigorde, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97520. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-29869 'DAMNDIFINO !'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/3/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-J] Kimbolton 29/4/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 18/6/44; Jacksonville 13/7/44; Biggs 7/11/43; Kirtland 8/3/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-29889

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-H] Kimbolton 22/4/43; then 525BS [FR-E]; while under groundcrew maintainance burnt out base 23/2/44, Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 24/2/44. ROCKY.

  • 42-3072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; Assigned 94BG Presque Is 4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bassingbourn 15/9/43; 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 27/9/43; Returned to the USA 21/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/1/45.

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

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

  • 42-31189 Paragon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (GH) Delivered Cheyenne 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Memphis 4/11/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-X] Kimbolton 22/11/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with Bob Harrah, Co-pilot: Bob Giles, Bombardier: Joe Ashbrook, Ball turret gunner: Ken Mays (4...

  • 42-31228 London Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 22/11/43; with Keith Phinney crash landed into Duxford base quarters, 4 CREW & 5 EM killed 21/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 25/1/45. LONDON...

  • 42-37887

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 22/11/43; during assembly for mid-air coll with #42-31441 (303 BG), with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank Mailander, Navigator: Bob Romme, Bombardier: Burton Kashatt,...

  • 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:...

  • 42-5827 Lakanuki

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 20/5/43; 526BS [LF-Y]; on mission to Le Bourget 16/8/43 Navigator: Harry Bailey Killed in Action when he fell out of ship after escape hatch...

  • 42-97520 Peg-O-My-Heart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Gr Island 30/12/43; Presque Is 20/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 29/1/44; Co-pilot: Jerome Bowers (Killed in Action), p-Paul Breeding Wounded in Action 20/2/44; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 22 February 1944
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26 July 2020 02:52:27 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Changed the label for a Died event to a KIA event per info in the "Summary biography".

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2881 / MACR 2881, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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