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43-38092

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/6/44; Hunter 14/7/44; Grenier 22/7/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-G] Kimbolton 14/8/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with Ed Butler, Co-pilot: Tony Vietri, Navigator: Francis O’Keefe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ellsworth Rillings, Radio Operator: John Sweeney, Ball turret gunner: Ellis Kunkle, Waist gunner: Beryl Brown (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Carl Yates,Tail gunner: John Michalski (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit and blew up in ball of fire before disintegrating, crashed on barracks near Ludwigshaven, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 8845.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Beryl Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim; A/C Disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: PH.

  • Edward Butler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim; Disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Ellis Kunkle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: PH.

  • John Michalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8845 Awards: AM (OLC), PH (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis O'Keefe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Ellsworth Rillings

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim; Disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 ...

  • John Sweeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: PH.

  • Anthony Vietri

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8845 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Carl Yates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Mannheim in 43-38092; A/C disintegrated after hit by flak in bomb bay. Crashed Ludwigshafen. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 8845 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Places

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 24 June 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Jun-44.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 14 August 1944

Assigned 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Ludwigshaven, Germany 9 September 1944 – 9 September 1944

Failed to Return Mannheim 9/9/44; direct flak hit in bomb bay, exploded in ball of fire before disintegrating, crashed on barracks near Ludwigshaven. 2 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 8845

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2019 18:29:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28733837
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-38092/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8845 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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