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42-30001

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-E] Kimbolton 23/6/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Raymond H. Bidwell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Cannell, Ball turret gunner: Tom Johnson (3 Killed in Action), Co-pilot: Jack Ryan, Navigator: Mario Delivered Re, Bombardier: Wayne Bader, Radio Operator: Vic Chesquier, Waist gunner: Pete Murray, Waist gunner: Elvin Cocherall,Tail gunner: Larry Prentiss (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Plessis Chenet, near Corbeil, France. Missing Air Crew Report 1297. MARY ANN.

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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wayne Bader

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Bidwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Cannell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elvin Cocherall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mario Del Re

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 42-30001 'Mary Ann' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Mario Del Re

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 42-30001 'Mary Ann' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Victor Ghesquier

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30001. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Peter Murray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Prentiss

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 August 1943 in B-17 #4230001. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 16 August 1943

crashed near Plessis Chenet, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2020 16:23:05 m_cannell Changes to media associations
Sources

N/A

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 03:29:32 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2020 03:27:31 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2018 14:38:06 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 1297
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1297 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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