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Ground personnel of the 379th Bomb Group inspect the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-39789) nicknamed “Skunkface”.

42-39789 (LF-W) Skunkface. 20th December 1943. Target FW190 plant, Bremen. This photo shows the damage sustained from intense fighter attacks during the mission. Many of the controls were shot out and the pilot showed great skill in bringing her back to Kimbolton. The LW gunner bailed out over Holland and was taken POW. Two other crew members were KIA from the fighter attacks. 2nd Lt William A Elliott P. 2nd Lt Richard W Fisher CP. 2nd Lt James L Rockwell N. 2nd Lt Burton W Cashatt B. Tsgt Arthur C Fawcett RO, KIA. Tsgt Raymond Williams TT. Ssgt Logan D Wikle RW. Sgt Udolphus Payne LW, POW. Ssgt William J Fiorenti, TG, KIA.

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Ground personnel of the 379th Bomb Group inspect the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-39789) nicknamed “Skunkface”.

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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...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39789 Skunkface

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F] Kimbolton 19/10/43; then 526BS [LF-W]; transferred 487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; ret US 1103 Morrison 31/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2020 17:33:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Information provided by Phil Walpole - user http://www.americanairmuseum.com/user/41177

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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