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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/5/44; Hunter 15/5/44; Grenier 25/5/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-A] Kimbolton 4/6/44; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Herb Pearlman, John O’Neill, Chas Francescani, Ray Maloney, Alva Bryant, Paul Kondravy, Wesley Wells, Fred White, Al Jervis (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Gierath, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12337. WHITE LIGHTENING.



  • 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


  • Alva Bryant

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

  • Charles Francescani

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Harold Greenwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew under squadron commander Robert F. Layton, operations Officer. 15 missions over france. 15 missions over Germany

  • Al Jervis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Paul Kondravy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Maloney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 379th Bomb Group

  • John O'Neill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Gierath on 9 Feb 45 in B-17 'White Lightening' #44-6119, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arnold Schonberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group

  • Wesley Wells

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Wesley Wells served as a ball turret gunner with the 379th Bomb Group from Kimbolton. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) when his B-17 'White Lightening', serial number 44-6119, crashed at Gierath, Germany on 9 February 1945.

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  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 19:48:22 jancheta Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12237 / MACR 12337 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database