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  • Title: 379thbga.org : The 379th Bomb Group of WWII
    Descriptive info: .. Navigation.. Home.. History.. 379th BGA Officers.. 379th Memorials.. Reunions.. Looking4.. Taps.. WWII Photos.. WWII Crew Photos.. War Stories.. Mission Reports.. 379th PX.. 379th Anthology.. Links.. New Memberships.. THE GRAND SLAM GROUP.. The 379th Bomb Group WWII Association is organized to perpetuate the history the 379th Bomb Group (H) (WW II), to remember and honor the memory of lost comrades, and to educate present and future generations.. Activities include periodic reunions for its members, the designation and institution of permanent memorials that will retain a legacy and motivate future generations of Americans to safeguard its heritage; to maintain contact with widows of veterans; to educate through the association's Contrail's newsletter, the use of historical documents, pictures, books, video's, symposiums, meetings, and the website using individual stories towards achieving an understanding of the history of the 379th Bomb Group WWII; to promote and add to  ...   Please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader available here:.. Get Reader.. 2014 Nashville Reunion Information.. September 3-7.. Sheraton Music City.. 777 McGavock Pike.. Nashville, TN 37214.. The reunion officially runs from Wednesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 7, Association members and their guests receive the group rate of $99.. 00 plus taxes.. The room rate includes a complimentary full breakfast buffet served daily in the hotel restaurant.. For those who choose to arrive early or stay late, the same room rate is available three days prior and three days after the reunion, based on availability.. Note: Hotel reservations cancelled within a 48 hour time frame will be billed one night’s room and tax as penalty.. The 2014 reunion information will be posted when available.. Trademarks are Copyright of their respective owners, all other content is Copyright of 379th BGA.. Comments/Questions? Email.. mike@379thbga.. org..

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    Descriptive info: HISTORY.. The 379th Bomb Group was activated November 26, 1942, at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.. It consisted of four squadrons of B-17s, the 524th, 525th, 526th and 527th.. Overseas movement began in April, and in May the 379th arrived at Kimbolton, England, AAF Station 117.. Its first combat mission was the bombing of German U-boat pens at St Nazaire, France, on May 29, 1943.. Colonel Maurice A.. Preston was the original commanding officer until October 10, 1944, when he became the commander of the 41st Combat Wing headquartered at Molesworth.. Colonel Lewis E.. Lyle then assumed command of the 379th Bomb Group until May 5, 1945, when he became commander of the 41st Combat Wing.. Lt.. Col.. Lloyd C.. Mason was then named commander of the 379th Bomb Group, and was followed by Lt.. Horace E.. Frink.. Like many B-17 bases in England, the airfield at Kimbolton was originally a fighter base for the British.. When it became evident Germany was not going to invade England, the RAF decided it didn't need many inland fighter bases and was happy to lease most of them to the United States as airfields for heavy bombers.. The runways and perimeter ramps were too thin to accommodate the weight of our Flying Fortresses and Liberators, so the United States paid the British to repair and replace the runways to meet necessary specifications.. Click on the photo to enlarge picture and see planes taking off.. The attached photo of the airfield as it was submitted by one of our associate members, Mark Ellis of Los Angeles.. Some of the only remaining structures from years ago can be seen in the cluster of buildings in the low-center-right of the picture, not far from the road where the memorial to the 379th is located.. Click on the photo to enlarge the colored picture.. The 379th Bomb Group was one of 12 heavy Bombardment Groups in the First Bombardment Division of the United States 8th Air Force.. All B-17s of every Group within the 1st Bombardment Division had a large triangle painted at the top of the vertical stabilizer.. Each Group s assigned code letter was painted in the triangle.. The 379th s planes were assigned the letter K, and were known as the Triangle K Group.. The 379th Bomb Group flew its first 300 missions in less time than any other heavy Bombardment Group.. During all of its 330 bombing missions, it dropped 26,640 tons of bombs on enemy targets, shot down 315 enemy aircraft and lost 141 of its B-17s to enemy action.. Eighty of those 141 Fortresses were shot down between May 29, 1943, and March 31, 1944.. The other 61 Fortresses were lost between April 1, 1944, and April 25, 1945.. One record lists 345 Fortresses assigned to the 379th Bomb Group during World War II.. It is very startling that more than 43% of those 345 Fortresses were lost to enemy fighters and anti-aircraft guns.. Information in the 8th Air Force News indicates the 379th Bomb Group lost one  ...   received two Presidential Unit Citations for its accomplishments in combat.. The Group flew its last combat mission on April 25, 1945.. The 379th Bomb Group remained active for two years, seven months and 29 days.. During this period approximately 6,000 personnel were assigned to the Kimbolton airfield.. The Group was deactivated on July 25, 1945, at Casablanca, Morocco, Africa.. (Data about the 379th Bomb Group is from Screwball Express and is printed here with the permission of Ken Cassens, author of the book, with all rights reserved).. SQUADRONS OF THE 379th BG (H):.. 524th Bombardment Squadron.. 525th Bombardment Squadron.. 526th Bombardment Squadron.. 527th Bombardment Squadron.. Assigned 8th AAF: April 1943 - Wing/Command Assignment:.. 8th AF, 1st Bomb Division, 103 PCBW: May 1943.. 8th AF, 1st Bomb Division, 41st Combat Wing: 13 Sept.. 1943.. 1st Bomb Division, 41st Combat Wing: 8 Jan 1944.. 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing: 1 Jan 1945.. Combat Aircraft:.. B-17F.. B-17G.. Group COs: Col.. Maurice A.. Preston 26 November 1942 to October 1944.. Lewis E.. Lyle 11 October 1944 to 5 May 1945.. First Mission: 29 May 1943, St.. Nazaire, France.. Last Mission: 25 April 1945, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.. Total Sorties: 10,492.. Total Bomb Tonnage: 26,460.. Tons Aircraft MIA: 149.. Stations:.. Kimbolton 20May43 To 12Jul45 (Air Ech Bovingdon 24Apr43 to 21May1943.. Claims to Fame:.. Flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the 8th AF.. Dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group.. Lower abortive rate than any other Group in action from 1943.. Pioneered the 12-plane formation that became standard during 1944.. Ol Gappy a B-17G, flew 157 missions, more than any other bomber in the 8th AF.. Major Awards:.. Distinguished Unit Citations - 28 May 1943 to 31 July 1944.. Operations this period 11 Jan 1944 to all 1st Bomb Division.. 8th Air Force Operational Grand Slam - May 1944.. Early History:.. Activated 26 November 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho.. The Group assembled at Wendover Field, Utah on 2 December 1942.. They trained there until 2 March 1943 then moved to Sioux City AAF, Iowa on 3 February 1943 until their departure 9 April 1943.. The ground unit moved for final processing at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin and then to Camp Shanks, New York.. They sailed on the Aquitania on 10 May 1943 and arrived at Clyde on 18 May 1943.. The Aircraft left Sioux City, Iowa on 9 April 1943 and flew to Bangor, Maine via Kearney, Nebraska and Selfridge, Michigan.. They commenced overseas movement on 15 April 1943 by the North Atlantic ferry route.. Subsequent History:.. Scheduled to transport US troops from Europe to Casablanca.. The unit moved to Casablanca in early June with the last aircraft flown back to the States and the Group inactivated at Casablanca on 25 July 1945.. The unit was activated once again as a Strategic Air Command wing and assigned the first B-52H aircraft in 1962.. Activated 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and converted to provisional status on 4 December 2001.. The 379th AEW is also referred to as the.. Grand Slam Wing.. ,..

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    Descriptive info: 379th BGA PAST PRESIDENTS.. 1969-1971.. Arvin Lankenau Deceased.. 1972-1974.. Bert Cobey Deceased.. 1975-1977.. Earl Meyers Deceased.. 1978-1982.. Frank Betz Deceased.. 1983-1984.. Jesse H.. Miller Deceased.. 1985-1986.. Edwin H.. Millson Deceased.. 1987-1990.. Hjalmar V.. Hellberg, Jr.. Deceased.. 1991-1992.. Louis D.. Kline Deceased.. 1993-Jan 31, 1994.. Phillips J.. Copeland Deceased.. Feb 1,1994-1996.. John L.. Croft Deceased.. 1997.. Larry Baskett Deceased.. 1998-1999.. Richard T.. Fuller.. 2000-2001.. William E.. Albright Deceased.. 2002-2003.. Elliott W.. Porter Deceased.. 2004-2005.. Vincent Bill Purple.. 2006-2007.. Ray C.. Wagner.. 2008-2009.. Michael P.. Hart.. 2010-2011.. 2012-2013.. Larry A.. Loveless.. ELECTED  ...   L.. 12685 Prince Edward Ln.. Frisco, TX 75033.. 469-633-0689.. mary@379thbga.. 2nd Vice President.. Vacant.. Secretary.. Becky Watkins Custer.. 11 Terrace Dr.. Spring City, PA 19475.. becky@379thbga.. Assistant Secretary.. Treasurer.. Assistant Treasurer.. Virginia DeVito.. Advisor to the Executive Committee.. ELECTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS.. Headquarters and 82nd Service Group.. Dennis R.. Shirar.. 524th Squadron.. B.. C.. Besh.. Henry M.. Pearce, Jr.. Mary Vermillion Bryant.. 525th Squadron.. Henry T.. Bengis.. Harold Knapp.. Asa W.. Springer.. 526th Squadron.. Sam P.. Satariano.. J.. W.. Roundhill.. 527th Squadron.. James Roberts.. Noah W.. Sites.. Ted G.. Kirkpatrick..

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    Descriptive info: Mighty 8th Heritage Monument.. 1.. ) Heritage Monument, dedicated September 20 1997.. 2.. ) Gen.. Lewis Lyle and Peggy Convine sprinkle soil from the airfield and other sites of the Kimbolton vicinity around the base of the monument.. 3.. ) The Mighty 8th Air Force Heritage Museum Memorial Gardens - Savannah, Georgia.. The 379TH BOMB GROUP WWII ASSOCIATION Heritage Monument was dedicated September 20 1997 at THE MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE HERITAGE MUSEUM MEMORIAL GARDENS in Savannah, Georgia.. This monument tells where the 379th Bomb Group was during WWII, proudly displays what was accomplished while there, and preserves its outstanding history for present and future generations to read to reminisce and to admire.. The monument is made of the hardest stone in the world, a highly polished jet-black granite imported from India.. It is eight feet high, four feet wide, weighs 7081 pounds and is set on a 2400-pound subterranean concrete base.. Monument Highlights:.. Triangle K on the top.. Two B-17s etched into each of the two faces of the Monument.. Two flush-mounted bronze replicas positioned in the left and right shoulders with the 8th Air Force and the 379th Bomb Group emblems.. The Group combat history.. The 72 military occupations of 6000 personnel that served at Kimbolton.. Through the cooperation of British Airways and the United States Department of Agriculture, three pounds of soil from the old Kimbolton airbase were blended with soil in front of the Heritage Monument.. The soil had been gathered from both ends of the three runways, from the area around the control tower, from in front of the 379th Monument at the entrance to the old airbase, from the lawn of St.. Andrew's Church in Kimbolton, and from the lawn of the ancient castle at the other end of the village.. In a fitting prelude to the monument's unveiling, Mrs.. Peggy Convine of Kimbolton, England, the  ...   project committee’s suggestions for the design and the result is most impressive.. The colors in the glass are vibrant with the 379.. insignia and all squadron patches included, as well as a ribbon with “379.. BG” and both versions of the Triangle K.. Our top ‘Century Club’ B-17, “Topper/Ol’ Gappy”, is recognized for its 157 mission record.. Father Sullivan, who was most always at the runway during take-offs, provides his blessing to a representative aircrew.. This is lasting tribute to all who served in the 379.. Bombardment Group (H) during WWII.. Preston s Pride Mefford Field, TULARE, CA.. )B-17G Triangle K.. )Same Aircraft, different view.. Kimbolton Memorials, Kimbolton England.. ) Kimbolton Airfield Monument, Kimbolton, England.. ) Kimbolton Plaque.. ) St.. Andrews Church, Kimbolton, England.. USAF Academy Plaque, Colorado Springs, Colorado.. USAF Academy Plaque.. National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.. National Museum of the Air Force Memorial.. The 379th Bomb Group WWII Association’s memorial plaque at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio was installed 29 August 1980.. In 2010, the Association had it refurbished.. The plaque, #10 in the long line of in-ground plaques, is along the main walkway leading to the Museum entrance.. The Cathedral of the Pines is in Rindge, New Hampshire.. The Cathedral of the Pines Memorial.. Hill AFB Chapel - Salt Lake City, UT.. The addition of the 379th Bomb Group's banner to the Hill AFB chapel was approved by the Board of Directors at the Salt Lake City, UT reunion in 2003.. The original Hill field ABF Chapel was relocated to the Hill Aerospace Museum's Memorial Park.. The chapel was restored back to its original WWII configuration and rededicated in 1989.. The chapel houses many banners and commemorative plaques from various groups and individuals.. Trademarks are Copyright of their respective owners, all other content is Copyright of 379th 79th BGA.. ,,..

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    Descriptive info: 379TH BGA REUNION INFORMATION.. In response to the member requests, a complete list of past reunions has been complied.. Please click on the link below to view past reunion information:.. Please click here for past 379th BGA Reunion Information..

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    Descriptive info: LOOKING4.. The Looking4 section is designed to help you find more information about someone who served in the 379th.. Please send your inquiries to:.. looking4@379thbga.. Use the Google box below to search our site for information on 379th Bomb Group Members.. Search 379th BGA Site.. Next.. See Looking4 Index.. Search No.. 1650 - John T.. Shields.. From: Robert Cook; robert.. d.. cook@me.. com.. Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:09 PM.. To: looking4@379thbga.. Subject: John T.. Shields, WWII navigator.. My wife's father, John T.. whom I never had the opportunity to meet, was a navigator in WWII and reportedly flew on missions on DDay.. Any information you have on him would be great.. Thanks.. Robert Cook.. Robert –.. Association records for John T.. Shields show he flew 35 missions as PFF navigator with the 525th Squadron from September 3, 1944 to March 17, 1945.. Records indicate those missions as 198, 204, 208, 209, 212, 214, 216, 218, 219, 220, 225, 226, 228, 230, 233, 236, 237, 241, 242, 244, 251, 252, 256, 262, 264, 272, 274, 276, 281, 283, 285, 289, 293, 297, and 303.. Shields may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. Shields, unlike traditional navigators who were part of a standard crew complement, was a PFF (Pathfinder Force) Navigator.. He navigated by way of a radar set mounted in the airplane, and a retractable radome that replaced the B-17s normal ball turret.. With this equipment, navigation to the target was possible even with cloud cover.. Since this was a function reserved for Lead airplanes, the PFF operator (sometimes referred to as the “Mickey” operator) flew with whatever crew had the Lead for a given mission.. One notable mission for Lt.. Shields was the October 14, 1944 mission to the marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, Germany.. Crew was as follows:.. Gibson, Lester A, Captain, Pilot.. Copeland, Phillips J, 1st Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Dunn, Melvin E, 1st Lieutenant, Navigator.. Gareri, Dan J, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator-GEE.. Shields, John T, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator-PFF.. Bartlett, Ivan E, 1st Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Van Buren, John C, Tech Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Doyle, Wayne T, Tech Sergeant, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Taylor, Robert L, Tech Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Eichele, William S, Tech Sergeant, Waist Gunner.. Adair, Orin W, 2nd Lieutenant, Tail Gunner – Formation Control.. Flying in the Lead position, this crew, flying a/c 44-8136 experienced multiple engine failures, finally resulting in an unpowered glide onto a field in liberated France.. The crew was able to find a ride to Paris, and were back at Kimbolton flying more missions a few days later.. This response will be posted in the Looking 4 section of our website, in case any members or readers have any additional information.. Related documents are being sent separately.. If you have any photos of Lt.. Shields during his 379th service you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. Responding4 1/8/2014.. Kent.. 1649 - Charles C.. Vermillion.. From: Kaye Hardy; ckhardy@yahoo.. Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 3:52 AM.. To: Looking4@379thbga.. org.. Subject: Charles Core Vermillion.. I am looking for information concerning the service of Charles Core Vermillion.. He was born and raised in the Shamrock.. , Texas, area.. I know that he served with the 379th Bomb Group out of Kimbolton, England, from 1943 to 1944.. My father always told me that he was a tail gunner but my sister says a waist gunner.. Can you tell me which is correct and what the difference in the two are? I do not have any service information other than he served with the Army Air Corp.. I would like any service information that you may have including his service number.. Thank you,.. Charlyce Kaye Vermillion Hardy.. Charlyce –.. Association records for Charles C.. Vermillion show he flew 24 missions as gunner with the 524th Squadron from October 20, 1943 to February 22, 1944.. Records indicate those missions as 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 54, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, and 71.. Sgt.. Vermillion may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. Vermillion’s regular crew, likely the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Hemphill, Mac C, 2nd Lieutenant, Pilot.. Marshall, Kasper J, 2nd Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Donley, Harold E, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator.. Russoff, Jack (NMI), 2nd Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Harris, Wilson L, Staff Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Curry Jr.. , James F, Tech Sergeant, Top Turret Gunner.. White, Richard G, Staff Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Mulhausen, James J, Staff Sergeant, Right Waist Gunner.. Vermillion, Charles C, Sergeant, Left Waist Gunner.. Price, Thomas U, Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. Mission records we have available show Sgt.. Vermillion flying all his missions as a waist gunner, located at the window positions in the side of the airplane, just aft of the wing.. However, gunners were qualified as that, and were free to move into the other gun positions if mutually agreeable.. It is possible he switched positions with the tail gunner (located below and behind the vertical tail) for one or more missions.. Sorry, we have no photo of Sgt.. Vermillion or his crew.. If you have any photos of your father during his 379th service you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. We have no information on his service number.. Responding4 1/7/2014.. 1648 - Sumner M.. Alpert.. From: Brad Alpert; kid.. doc@verizon.. net.. Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2013 1:26 PM.. Subject: Sumner M.. I am looking for information about my father, Sumner M Alpert.. He served as a B17 pilot Eighth Air Force, Group 379 Squadron 524.. I know that on 9/28/44 his plane was badly damaged by flak.. Two engines were hit on one wing, the pilot got glass in his eyes when some flak came through the wind shield, and the navigator was also injured.. He feather the engines which had lost oil pressure, but they kept windmilling and catching on fire.. He was able to get back to England safely.. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.. I found reference about him in search 1538.. I learned that his plane was named the Lost Angle.. After the war, he remained in the Air Force.. We were stationed in Anchorage Alaska.. On 6/29/55 while piloting a C-47, he flew to Sitkinak Island to drop barrels of kerosene on Sitkinak Dome, where a radar installation was to be build.. The plane went down and he was killed when I was 4 years 8 months old.. I visited AIaska with my mother in 1998.. We found a helicopter pilot who had been in the Air Force and Coast Guard who had actually worked on the island.. He knew where the wreckage was located.. What an incredible blessing that was to put to rest all the questions we had, since everything was classified.. If you have any more information about my father, I would greatly appreciate it.. Brad Alpert.. Brad –.. Our condolences on the loss of your father so long ago.. We will  ...   84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, and 101.. Mariotti may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. Mariotti’s regular crew, possibly the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Stefanski, Edward L, 2nd Lieutenant, Pilot.. Kendall, Don V, 2nd Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Schafer, James R, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator.. Brasch, Robert L, 2nd Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Sprouse, Edwin C, Tech Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Mariotti, Daniel E, Tech Sergeant, Top Turret Gunner.. Scobie, Edward H, Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Dye, Earl V, Sergeant, Right Waist Gunner.. Benjamin, Franklin H, Sergeant, Left Waist Gunner.. Hansen, Warren E, Staff Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. A photo of Sgt.. Mariotti and his crew is being sent separately.. Mariotti or his crew you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. 1644 - R V Ball.. From: Tommy Adams; tommy.. adams@layne.. Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 11:44 AM.. Subject: R V BAll CO-Pilot Mary Jo 379th BG.. Fellow Americans,.. I regret to inform you that as of last night R V Ball residing in Clarksville,TN Passed.. During the War R V is listed on your website as having flown Co-Pilot on the “Mary Jo”, Ironically the name of his wife of 62 years who passed in 2009.. I was going to list the link for his obituary but it did not make todays posting.. If there is any more information you may possible be able to share about this man that was so respected among his entire community it would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you.. Wings Level, clear sky’s.. TOMMY ADAMS.. Tommy –.. Our condolences on Lt.. Ball’s passing.. Association records for R V Ball show he flew 30 missions as co-pilot with the 527th Squadron from August 24 to December 18, 1944.. Records indicate those missions as 192, 198, 200, 201, 203, 205, 208, 211, 214, 216, 217, 218, 222, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 233, 234, 235, 237, 238, 240, 243, 244, 247, 248, 249, and 250.. Ball may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. What looks to be Lt.. Ball’s regular crew, possibly the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Randall, Dale P, 2nd Lieutenant, Pilot.. Ball, R V, 2nd Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Guest, Frank J, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator.. Jourdet Jr.. , Lon W, 2nd Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Harrington, Oliver P, Tech Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Bergreen, Roy E, Tech Sergeant, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Park, Tyrus R, Staff Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Johnson, Thomas J, Staff Sergeant, Waist Gunner.. Harris, Clarence W, Staff Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. A photo of Lt.. Ball and his crew is being sent separately.. Ball or his crew you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. 1643 - Bernard V.. Klauka.. From: jeffrey standley; jstandley@cinci.. rr.. Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2013 7:02 AM.. Subject: Bernard Klauka.. I'm looking for any info you might have on my Uncle Bernie who I believe was a pilot.. Any info about number or nature of missions would be of interest.. Thanks, Jeff.. Jeff –.. Association records for Bernard V.. Klauka show he flew 30 missions as pilot with the 526th Squadron from December 30, 1944 to April 6, 1945.. Records indicate those missions as 256, 257, 258, 261, 262, 264, 268, 270, 272, 273, 276, 281, 283, 286, 287, 290, 298, 300, 302, 304, 305, 307, 308, 311, 313, 314, 317, and 318.. Klauka may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. Klauka’s regular crew, possibly the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Klauka, Bernard V, Lieutenant, Pilot.. Putyrake, Alex , Flight Officer, Co-Pilot.. Van rosendael, William A, Lieutenant, Navigator.. Fry, Sheridan , Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Goulart, Joseph E, Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Long, Henry A, Sergeant, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Harrar, Robert K, Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Keaton, Kenneth N, Sergeant, Waist Gunner.. Walsh, Clayton P, Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. Sorry, we have no photo of this crew.. Klauka or his crew you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. 1642 - Alexander P.. Mavro.. From: David Mavro; dmavro@gmail.. com.. Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:00 PM.. Subject: Alexander P.. Hello-.. I am the son of the late Alexander P.. Mavro, who passed away in 1985.. Any information and/or photographs of his crew would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you for having a website dedicated to this!.. David Mavro.. David –.. Association records for Alexander Mavro show he flew 37 missions as gunner/toggleer with the 524th Squadron from October 5, 1944 to March 8, 1945.. Records indicate those missions as 215, 216, 217, 221, 222, 223, 225, 227, 229, 230, 231, 232, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 246, 248, 251, 253, 256, 258, 259, 262, 266, 278, 283, 284, 285, 288, 289, 291, 292, 293, and 296.. Mavro may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. What looks to be Sgt Mavro’s regular crew, possibly the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Haynie, John C, 2nd Lieutenant, Pilot.. Clipson, Frank R, 2nd Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Baney, Merle L, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator.. Witz, Wilfred M, 2nd Lieutenant, Bombardier.. Drewek, Raymond, Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Didominicus, Nicholas M, Sergeant, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Mavro, Alexander P, Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Platt, William Z, Sergeant, Waist Gunner.. Kyger, Clarence J, Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. Mavro or his crew you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies.. 1641 - Egon Woerle.. From: McLaughlin Teaki; Teakie.. McLaughlin@irs.. gov.. Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 4:19 PM.. I am looking for more information on my father Egon Woerle.. He was in the 524th.. 379th He was a sargent and was a tail gunner on Ol topper?.. Teakie McLaughlin.. Teakie –.. Association records for Egon Woerle show he flew 32 missions as tail gunner with the 524th Squadron from June 22 to September 25, 1944.. Records indicate those missions as 150, 152, 153, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 170, 171, 173, 174, 176, 177, 180, 184, 188, 189, 192, 194, 195, 199, 200, 201, 204, 205, and 208.. Woerle may have flown additional missions, but these are the ones we can document.. What looks to be Sgt Woerle’s regular crew, possibly the one he trained with, was as follows:.. Hawthorne, Baine A, 2nd Lieutenant, Pilot.. Schofield, William E, 2nd Lieutenant, Co-Pilot.. Rocklage Jr.. , Harry W, 2nd Lieutenant, Navigator.. Whealton, Daniel J, Sergeant, Nose Gunner/Togglier.. Lilley, Thomas E, Staff Sergeant, Radio Operator/Gunner.. Edwards, Robert M, Staff Sergeant, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Rodriquez, Eugene T, Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner.. Wensel Jr.. , George P, Sergeant, Waist Gunner.. Woerle, Egon, Sergeant, Tail Gunner.. As you indicate, Sgt.. Woerle flew many of his missions on a/c 42-40003, “Ol’ Gappy/Topper”.. This aircraft had the distinction of being the champ of all 8th Air Force heavy bombers, flying an amazing 157 combat missions.. A photo of this crew is being sent separately.. Woerle or his crew you’d be willing to share, we would be grateful for any copies..

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    Descriptive info: TAPS.. High Flight.. by John Gillespie Magee, JR.. Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth.. And danced the skies on laughter-slivered wings;.. Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth.. Of sun-split clouds.. and done a hundred things.. You have not dreamed of.. wheeled and soared and swung.. High in the sunlit silence.. Hov'ring there,.. I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung.. My eager craft through footless halls of air.. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue.. I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace.. where never lark, or even eagle flew.. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod.. The high untrespassed sanctity of space.. Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.. Read the history of TAPS.. The Final Mission Roster is for deceased veterans of the 379th Bombardment Group WWII (H) who were not Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA) during WWll, as they are shown in the 379th BG Anthology, the National Archives and the National WWII Memorial.. Abbott James.. Abbott Merton H.. Aberle Norman William.. Abernathy Andrew J.. Abernathy Olen.. Abriola Daniel R.. Adair Orin Wesley.. Adams Burrel H.. Adams Willis S.. Adams Jr Mayo R.. Aebischer Harold W.. Agnew Edward A.. Albright Leland D.. Albright William E.. Allen Edward L.. Allen James.. Allen Shirley M (Sam).. Alpert Sumner M.. Ames Walter.. Amsbaugh Neil.. Ancelet Saul.. Anderson Alvin J.. Anderson David I.. Anderson James E.. Anderson Norman K.. Anderson Robert P.. Anderson Jr David J.. Andres William G.. Andreska Steve J.. Andrews Robert M.. Andrews Robert N.. Anszperger Constant J.. Antonucci Lawrence.. Applegate Frank W.. Archdeacon John.. Archer Lawrence V.. Archibald Robert P.. Armant Gordon M.. Armington George.. Arnold Dixon Jay.. Arnold Eugene E.. Arooth Michael.. Arthur Orville W.. Ash Donald.. Ashcraft Clarence G.. Ashe William G.. Ashley Frank N.. Autrey Ned M.. Ayres William T.. Babulski Emil M.. Baer Charles A.. Bagdon Frank J.. Bailey James H.. Bailey Norris E.. Baker Jack R.. Baker Robert P.. Baldwin Robert B.. Balfe Eugene J.. Balkan Alan.. Ball Gus J.. Ball R V.. Barbuto Paul F.. Barnard Lester.. Barre Russell M.. Barrett Bernard J.. Barrett Fred W.. Barrett William.. Barron Howard O.. Barthell Russell.. Barzen George R.. Baskett Lawrence A.. Battalio Samuel T.. Battista Dominic Paul.. Baucom Cyrus H.. Bauer Matthew J.. Baumgardner Dewey E.. Baxter Raymond.. Bayer Jesse S.. Beam Doris R.. Beam Floyd.. Beard Warren F.. Beattie Joseph.. Becher Edwin L.. Beck John F.. Becker Karl.. Becker Sr Karl E.. Beeman George E.. Belcher Delbert R.. Bellmyer Arthur.. Beloberk Peter M.. Bensinger Clair W.. Benson August G (Jerry).. Berger Julius M.. Berger William H.. Bernal Jr Norberto.. Bernazzoli Ernest J.. Berner George D.. Bersinger John W.. Bertino James D.. Betz Franklin L.. Bielawski Stanley L.. Bigler Charles R.. Billiou Jr J Michael.. Binder Irving.. Biorn Frank R.. Birensweig Samuel.. Bishop Jack C.. Bittenback James W.. Blackford Samuel W.. Blair Richard R.. Blankenship Derwin O.. Blanton Joseph W.. Blatchford Samuel N.. Bleakman Melvin J.. Bledsoe Weldon H.. Blincoe George E.. Blue Clifford M.. Bluhm Floyd I.. Blum Perry T.. Bochna Joseph S.. Bodi Jr Paul.. Bohaning Marvin C.. Bohne Lester.. Bold George W.. Bolton Donald S.. Bonham Rollin L.. Bonin William.. Borchert Robert G.. Borger Joseph B.. Borman Robert C.. Bostdorf George.. Boudreau Glen.. Boulee Alfred F.. Bourbeau Arthur.. Bovine Gerald J.. Bowling.. George C.. Boyce James E.. Boyd Russell F.. Boyer James M.. Boyovich Michael R.. Boza Oliver.. Branson James.. Breeding Paul R.. Breissinger Robert.. Brellenthin Arthur.. Brenenborg Robert A.. Brethour Cliff A.. 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  • Title: 379thbga.org : The 379th Bomb Group of WWII
    Descriptive info: WWII PHOTOS.. This Section of the 379th Bomb Group Website is for members and those who would like to share their 379.. BGA war pictures.. Photographs should include a brief description, names, or story.. All pictures will be added to the 379.. BGA archives.. Selected photos will be added to this section periodically.. Email to.. Subject:.. WORLD WAR II PHOTOS OF THE.. 379.. PHOTO 5001 - Crash in Germany.. During the Second World War, a lady lived in a house that was facing the German airfield of BONDUES (which at the time was also called LILLE-NORD by the German Luftwaffe).. She remembers that one day this bomber crash-landed on the airfield and that the crew was taken POW.. This airfield was one of the airfields that were used by the 'Abbeville Kids', the Luftwaffe fighters of the famous Jagdgeschwader 26.. The French lady thought this happened in the autumn or winter of 1942, but this is probably wrong since the 379th BG was not in action over occupied territory at that time.. Does anyone know about any B-17 of the 379th BG that crash-landed on a German airfield and whose crews were taken POW afterwards?.. Sterling,.. Your response to Photo 5001, allowed us to find the following information about your aircraft and crew.. The following crew members were on the 4/6/45 mission to Leipzig, Germany on aircraft 43-39061-H Round Trip Rabbit , 525th Squadron:.. Jensen, Sterling A 1st Lt.. Pilot.. Hill, Joseph K 2nd Lt.. Co-Pilot.. Burke, John P 2nd Lt.. Navigator.. McCrary, Raymond E F/O Bombardier.. Allen Jr.. , Leslie E T/Sgt.. Radio Operator/Gunner.. Roberts, Robert E T/Sgt.. Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.. Lake, Charles D Sgt.. Ball Turret Gunner.. Worthington, Clifford J.. S/Sgt.. Waist Gunner.. Roundtree, Clarence P.. Tail Gunner.. The following is a summary by the Pilot:.. Final mission; electrical system malfunction; oil pressure gauge on # 3 dropped; feathered the prop; couldn't see any oil leak so I decided to unfeather the prop but because of the electrical malfunction it wouldn't unfeather.. Stayed in formation to drop our bombs', after leaving the target we couldn't keep up with the formation and lost radio contact.. Flying over a 10/10 under cast the navigator couldn't get a fix; finally we broke out over an English fighter field in France; dropped the wheels to indicate we wanted to land and got a green light.. My navigator said we now had a heading to an American field.. We took this [the wheels wouldn't retract] but there was no field.. In the distance I spotted a large city, Lille, France, and landed on an old German fighter field.. At the end of the landing roll the right gear dropped into a sand filled and grass covered bomb crater, bending # 3 # 4 props.. The plane was not repairable and we flew back to England.. Sterling A.. Jensen, 1st Lieutenant Pilot.. Photo 5002 - Coming in with her feet up at Kimbolton!!!.. Lt Edmund Lutz, 525.. Bomb Squadron, made a perfect landing in the grass.. Photo 5003 – Birmingham Blitzkrieg A/C# 41-9100.. This aircraft was a B17-E assigned to the 379th BG inventory in May 43 and listed as non-operational.. This aircraft participated as the formation ship for some of the 379th BG missions.. Many refer to this aircraft as the “Barber Pole”.. Toulouse, mission 25, June 1944:.. Billy Drake’s crew ditched, was rescued and put ashore at Lyme Regis Dorset, England.. After being rescued, a crewman told me the boat belonged to P Guinness of the Guinness fortune.. The captain had heard an SOS and set sail to follow the signal.. They put us ashore at Lyme Regis Dorset and the town folks met us at the dock and put us up in their homes.. The next day  ...   Hart, Bombardier being congratulated by other crew members and ground crew.. This crew was like many; they did not finish their missions together.. Due to the sub zero temps, the open waist positions in the earlier B-17’s caused many waist gunners to be hospitalized for severe frostbite.. Members from other crews were required to fill-in when a crew was not complete due to sickness, injury or death.. In April 44 the number of completed mission tours went from 25 to 30.. Crewmembers who completed 20 missions were prorated 27, 28 or 29.. Four members of this crew finished their missions in March, the rest were used as fill-ins for other crews to complete the rest of their prorated missions.. Photo 5007.. 1 -.. Maximilian Hadley's crew after their 25th mission on Anita Marie 3/14/44 525th.. Photo 5008 - B-17G hit by a rocket with a hole large enough to drive a jeep through.. But she comes back.. Sgt Burdette R Smith was on this one….. Photo 5009 - Can anyone identify these men??? Or maybe someone knows the crewman in the center of this photo.. Capt Joseph A Brown, Lead Bombardier, (right) and Capt Andrew K Dutch, Lead Navigator, (left) training their new crewman.. PHOTO 5010 - Fightin' Pappy.. (42-5407).. Photo of a downed B-17 from the 379th BG.. I got this photo from a fellow in Warsaw, Poland.. It's a small photo so I had to resize it on my computer a few times to read the nose art.. Looks to me like Fightin' Pappy.. Thanks to Mark Forlow for this photo.. Vernon Smith, Pilot, said: “.. The ball turret guns in the down position survived the impact of the landing.. And, the guns stopped our skid on the ground by plowing into the soft ground.. The guns were excellent brakes.. That braking action saved us from skidding further and possibly into the trees at the end of the meadow.. ”.. Photo 5011 - Grapefruit mission to Cologne 28 May 1944.. It was officially named GB-1 (XM-108) and it looked like a crudely constructed mini aircraft.. The nickname, Grapefruit, was because of its experimentation in Florida in June of 1941.. The 2000-lb experimental bomb was12 feet long and about 30 inches wide.. It had two vertical fins and was carried by hooks under a wooden wing.. The bomb was controlled by a gyroscope mounted at the rear of the bomb.. The concept was that a formation of heavy bombers carrying a glide bomb under each wing could bring destruction to enemy targets without endangering the bombers or the flight crews.. Once released by a B-17 at more than 2,000 feet at 185-200 mph, the Grapefruit would accelerate to 250 mph, go into a two minute gentle descent and glide for 20 miles to the target.. This experiential project was assigned to the 303.. rd.. , 379.. and 384.. (41.. st.. Combat Wing).. The results were good but showed no pinpoint accuracy; the varying air currents and an inadequate preset guidance system widely scattered the pattern of impacts.. German antiaircraft gunners believed they had achieved amazing accuracy.. They saw mini bombers falling from the skies in every direction; cashing and exploding.. German war records disclosed that their flak gunners put in claims for shooting down more than 90 Fortresses.. This new bomb provided Axis Sally with news worthy material for her radio propaganda program.. General Hap Arnold called the mission a success.. It was concluded that the glide bomb might be suited for area bombing, but not for the precision bombing for which the 379.. BG had proven its expertise.. The May 44 mission was the only mission on which this type of bomb was used by the 8.. Air Force.. (Excerpts from the 379.. BGA Anthology)..

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  • Title: 379thbga.org : The 379th Bomb Group of WWII
    Descriptive info: WWII CREW PHOTOS.. Help Us Identify These 379th Veterans!.. The Association has a large group of photographs of 379th Bomb Group veterans.. These are mostly aircrew, but there are some support units as well.. Unfortunately, most photographs have no names to go with the faces, so we're asking for your help.. A new group of photos will be posted in the section below.. If you can identify anyone in any of these pictures, please let us know by responding to.. Looking4@379thbga.. Please  ...   identification of even one may help identify the entire crew in the photo, and assist in making that information available to inquiries from 2nd and 3rd generation family researching their father or grandfather's service with the 379th.. HO - 44-8469.. Coral Princess - 42-38192.. Madame Pisonya- 42-29890.. Crew 1.. 70856AC.. Crew 3.. B-70886AC.. Ordnance.. personnel.. Engineering personnel 7.. 44.. Machine shop personnel 3.. Sub Depot personnel 3.. Unit B Armament shop.. Crew 5 71296AC.. Crew 6 B-70859AC.. Crew 7 71045AC.. Crew 8 71020AC..

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    Descriptive info: WAR STORIES.. This section contains an assortment of war stories from our past newsletters “.. Contrails”.. Story Index.. AN ORDNANCE MAN'S STORY.. TRAINED B-24S - MISSION B-17'S.. DITCHING AN AIRCRAFT.. HIT BY FRIENDLY FIRE.. THE BIRMINGHAM JEWELL.. HOW I BECAME THE LEAD BOMBARDIER.. FAST PROMOTIONS.. AN EVADER'S EXPERIENCE.. PRISONER OF WAR -- GUNNER SAVES BUDDY'S LIFE HIGH OVER REICH.. THE FATE OF B-17 HEAVENLY BODY II.. WHEN AN ENEMY WAS A FRIEND.. Air Force Magazine/ January 1997.. By John L.. Frisbee.. Contributing Editor.. “Ye Olde Pub”.. crew:.. Back row, L-R:.. S/Sgt Bertrand O.. Coulombe, Engineer/.. Top Turret Gunner, Sgt.. Alex Yelesanko, Left Waist, Sgt Richard A.. Pechout, Radio Operator; Sgt Lloyd H.. Jennings, Right Waist; S/Sgt Hugh S.. Eckenrode, Tail Gunner; Sgt Samuel W.. Blackford, Ball Turret.. Front row, L-R:.. nd.. Lt Charles L.. Brown, Pilot; 2.. Lt Spencer G.. Luke, Co-Pilot; 2.. Lt Albert Sadok, Navigator;.. Lt Robert M.. Andrews, Bombardier.. Brown's B-17 was perhaps the most heavily damaged bomber to return from com bat.. It survived because of an enemy's act of chivalry.. December 20, 1943, was a typi cally cold, overcast winter day in Britain as 2nd Lt.. Charles L.. Brown's B-17F lined up for takeoff.. It was 21-year-old Charlie Brown's first combat mission as an aircraft commander with the 379th Bomb Group, the target an FW-190 factory at Bremen, Germany.. He and his crew of Ye Olde Pub were to become partici pants in an event probably unique at that time in the air war over Europe—a mission that would remain shroud ed in mystery for many years.. The bombers began their 10-minute bomb run at 27,300 feet, the temper ature: -60°.. Flak was heavy and accurate.. Before bombs away, Brown's B-17 took hits that shattered the Plexiglas nose, knocked out the num ber two engine, damaged number four—which frequently had to be throttled back to prevent over speeding—and caused undetermined damage to the controls.. Coming off target, Lieutenant Brown was unable to stay with the formation and became a straggler.. Almost immediately, the lone and limping B-17 came under a series of attacks from 12 to 15 Bf-109s and FW-190s that lasted for more than 10 minutes.. The number three en gine was hit and would produce only half power.. Oxygen, hydraulic, and electrical systems were damaged, and the controls were only partially responsive.. The bomber's 11 defen sive guns were reduced by the ex treme cold to only the two top turret guns and one forward-firing nose gun.. The tail gunner was killed and all but one of the crew in the rear incapacitated by wounds or exposure to the frigid air.. Lieutenant Brown took a bullet fragment in  ...   Bomb Group, which had not yet flown its first mis sion.. The crew was debriefed on their mission, including the strange encounter with the Bf-109.. For unknown reasons, the debriefing was classi fied secret and remained so for many years.. Lieutenant Brown went on to complete a combat tour, finish college, accept a regular commis sion, and serve in the Office of Spe cial Investigations, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in other Air Force and State Department assignments until his retirement.. He now lives in Miami, Fla.. , where he is founder and president of an energy and environ mental research center.. The image of his strange encoun ter with the Bf-109 remained firmly embedded in Charlie Brown's memory.. In 1986, he began a search for the anonymous pilot.. Finally, in 1990, former Oberleutnant Franz Stigler, now living in Canada, responded to a notice published in a newsletter for German fighter pilots.. By com paring time, place, and aircraft markings, it was determined that Stigler was the chivalrous pilot who had allowed Brown's crew to live.. Not surprisingly, Brown and Stigler have become close friends.. On that December day in 1943, there had been two persuasive rea sons why Stigler should have shot down the B-17.. First, earlier in the day, he had downed two four-engine bombers and needed only one more that day to earn a Knight's Cross.. Second, his decision to not finish off the aircraft was a court-martial offense in Nazi Germany and if revealed could have led to his execution.. He considered these alternatives while flying formation with the B-17, the most heavily damaged aircraft I ever saw that was still flying.. He could see the wounded aboard and thought, I cannot kill these half-dead people.. It would be like shooting at a para chute.. Franz Stigler's act of chivalry has been justly, though belatedly, honored by several military organizations here and abroad.. On the other hand, Charles Brown was not decorated for his heroism over Germany, which never was reported by the 448th Bomb Group at Seething to his com manders.. Such are the fortunes of war and its aftermath.. Reprinted by permission from AIR FORCE Magazine, published by the Air Force Association.. In 2007, Charlie submitted a request to the Air Force for the Silver Star Medal for his nine crewmembers of.. for their mission to Bremen, Germany.. The citations were awarded in early 2008, and Charlie was awarded the Air Force Cross.. No other WWII aircrew has this distinction.. Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler.. Their appearance together at our Seattle reunion in 2006.. They both passed away in 2008;.. Franz, in March, and Charlie, in November..

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  • Title: 379thbga.org : The 379th Bomb Group of WWII
    Descriptive info: 379TH ANTHOLOGY.. 379th Bombardment Group (H) ANTHOLOGY.. November 1942-July 1945.. The Anthology of the 379th Bombardment Group (H) is a comprehensive collection of 800 pages of words, numbers and historic photographs that provide significance to the Best Bomb Group in the Mighty Eighth Air force.. The group’s combat performance was so outstanding that two volumes, each containing 400 pages, were published in order to unveil and adequately proclaim its impressive history.. The 379th Bomb Group s anthology occupies a place of highly deserved honor in homes and libraries through the United States and the world.. Pictured here is the cover for the 379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology two volume set.. Each volume is 8.. 5 X 11 , hardbound and each contains 400 pages.. The forward was written in 1986 by Father Walter J.. Sullivan, Chaplain.. The 379th s illustrious history is presented as follows.. DOZENS OF ARTICLES:.. Early history of the 379th.. - Mission #1 to Saint Nazaire - Loss of its first B-17 to the enemy.. - Transfer of RAF Station Kimbolton to the US Air Force.. - BBC broadcast about mission to Gilsenkirchen.. - Crash landing on the way to be a Kriegie - Schweinfurt, 14 October 1943.. - Luftwaffe pilot spares B-17 crew - Bombed by the 8th AF - The Grapefruit Mission.. - Polish Undergrounds report about the mission to Poznan and Krzesinki.. - D-Day remembered -French village saved by heroic 379th pilot.. - The rocket sites at Zudausques and Euguine/Gatte - The end of Hamburg s last major oil.. refinery - Wiggling one s toes - Squadron missing - Mid air collision on way to Stuttgart.. - B-17 confronts Link Trainer - Bronze star for crew chief - About General Robert Travis.. - Flying with ghosts - Visit to Kimbolton - And much more.. SELECTED CITATIONS FOR THE 379.. TH.. From General George Marshall - General Jimmie  ...   happened - Mission dates - Target locations - Aircraft serial numbers -List.. of crew members aboard - MIA, KIA or POW status - Includes names and.. addresses of surviving crew members - A list of Squadron personnel MIA or.. buried in American overseas cemeteries - List of noncombat deaths.. THE 379th ORGANIZATION.. : Report of Personnel strength at Kimbolton.. - List of hundreds of ground personnel at 379th and their assignments.. - Organization chart of the 82nd Service Group - Names and assignments.. of hundreds of officers as of 15 May 1944 - Names and assignments of.. Headquarters crews and all squadron crews that flew from Kearney to.. England.. Approximately 4,000 personnel are named in the Anthology.. MORE THAN 350 PHOTOS SKETCHES:.. Many 379th personnel - Wendover remembered.. - Anchors aweigh for the Aquitania, May 1943 - Kimbolton Castle and the village.. - Combat damage to B-17 s that returned - Monuments and memorials of the.. 379th Bomb Group - Preston’s Toy - Royal visit 6 July 1944 - The B-17 s with.. the largest number of missions in our group - Sketches of Kimbolton and Bedford.. - Home of the Queen, July 1945.. PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS:.. Fighter plane factories without fighter planes -.. Where are the German warplanes? - The Allied forces have landed -.. Eisenhower addresses people of occupied countries - East Front, Home.. Front, Southern Front and now West Front - How the 8th Air Force told them.. the way it was.. MONTHLY REPORTS:.. Day -by -day activities reported in monthly History Reports.. at Kimbolton - Highlights of combat missions - Copies of letters.. written by 379th crewmen in POW camps - Reports of recreational activities.. at Kimbolton - Medals and Awards - Excerpts about specific events in the.. squadrons.. Provides interesting insights into Mission Reports.. A limited supply of the 379.. Anthology is available for order through the 379.. BGA PX..

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