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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, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Williams, Radio Operator: Orvis Wilsey, Tail gunner: Jerry Gentile (7 Killed in Action), Ball turret gunner: Albt McGrew, Waist gunner: Jim O’Neil, Waist gunner: Maurice Cheramie (3 WIA); crashed Covington, Hunts, UK. Salvaged.

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Aircraft

  • 42-31441

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3 November 1943. Kearney 16 November 1943. Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 4 January 1944. Lost in collision with a B-17 from another group (42-29747 of the 379th Bomb Group) during the take-off climb to the Group formation area. The...

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Units

  • 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

  • Berton Cashatt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed.

  • Maurice Cheramie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    WIA on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed. Earlier incident Oct. 9, 1943 in the 'Stupefier' B-17F 42-29890 in which pilot Maresh succssfully crash landed in a field near the...

  • Jerry Gentile

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed. 379th Earlier incident Oct. 9, 1943 in the 'Stupefier' B-17F 42-29890 in which crew succssfully crash landed in a...

  • Harold Kuhn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Harold Kuhn enlisted in the Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbour. Training as a heavy bomber pilot, he received his wings at Altus, Oklahoma on 26 June 1943. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/360th Bomb Squadron, he was sent to England and as co-pilot...

  • Donald Makins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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).

  • Wayne Maresh

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Earlier incident on Oct. 9, 1943 in 'Stupefier' B-17F #42-29890 in which Maresh successfully crash landed in a field near the 379th BG. ...

  • Albert McGrew

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    WIA on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed. Later died of wounds received in crash.

  • James O'Neil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    WIA on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed.

  • Robert Romme

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 5 Jan 1944. B-17G #42-37887. On T/O in poor visibility, the left wing touched th ground and aircraft crashed. Earlier incident Oct. 9, 1943 in the 'Stupefier' B-17F 42-29890 which succssfully crash landed in a field near the...

  • Rufus Till

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872 ...

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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....

  • Covington/Catworth

    Crash site

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 19:40:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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