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Jack P Kern

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29817 *

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/2/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 20/4/43; Missing in Action 7m St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bill King, Co-pilot: Lloyd Gullickson, Navigator: Sid Lang, Radio Operator: Chas Armstrong, Ball...

  • 42-29858 "Murder Incorporated", then "Censored"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-G] Polebrook 17/5/43 MURDER INCORPORATED 31m; crashed on take off after losing engine at Oundle, near Barnwell, UK 21 February 1944, with Lt – Evans, crew ? ; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 22...

  • 42-29861 Buck-Shot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-X] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 31m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Cannon, Co-pilot: John May, Navigator: George Farrell, Bombardier: Bob...

  • 42-29863 "Ain’t it Gruesome", 'KENTUCKY BABE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Gore 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Y] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 43m Frankfurt 11/2/44 with Capt John Carson, Co-pilot: Merlyn Rutherford*, Radio Operator: John Landers*, Ball...

  • 42-29868 The Venus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Pueblo 13/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-K] Polebrook 17/4/43; Missing in Action 21m Anklam 9/10/43 with Joe Turley, Navigator: Bob Coe, Bombardier: Abe Silverman, Radio Operator: Theo Brantz, Ball turret...

  • 42-29882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/3/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 94BG Bassingbourn 17/4/43; transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-L] Polebrook 18/4/43; {41m} 2 BAD Warton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 18/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-3090 'T'aint A Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio...

  • 42-5823

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/2/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-C] Polebrook 17/4/43; {31m} 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 6/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

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Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Skiatook, Oklahoma 17 December 1919
Died Winter Park, FL, USA 14 January 2003

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2016 17:04:05 Clkern Changes to events
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Death record

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2016 16:56:25 Clkern Changes to aircraft associations
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Added an aircraft flown found on 351st.org records

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2016 06:02:44 Clkern Changes to awards
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News article explaining medals

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2016 04:42:59 Clkern Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Missions and aircraft from 351st.org

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2016 03:43:49 Clkern Changes to person associations and place associations
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Grandson confirmed

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:53 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / widow

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