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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-K] Kimbolton 12/7/43; battle damaged Schweinfurt crash landed RAF Biggin Hill 14/10/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 15/10/43; 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 21/12/43; damaged in mid-air collision with another B-17 of the group but limped back to base and was sent to AFSC 6/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 11/6/44; Hobbs 22/8/44; (? with Cleatus Lemmons force landed Hobbs, NM 2/5/45 ?); Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 18/9/45. GAY CABALLEROS.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Blanton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Baled out, "Rather was thrown out of A/C by ships motion" luckily with his parachute. Prisoner of War...

  • Carl Denny

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Lawrence Hoveland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liege, Belgium. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Stanley Kusy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1361 Awards: PH.

  • Stanley Manista

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Moreland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Andrew Oman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thiel Wamsley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars).

  • Stanley Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 'Flying Jenny' 42-5829. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1361 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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....

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 00:13:08 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing Company. 1996. pages 38, 293, 299

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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