James E. Rung

James E. Rung

Updated 6/22/2014:  Many years ago I created a website (in Frontpage!) to share my dad’s experiences as a B-17 navigator during World War II.  That website had done it’s job well as I received emails from people around the world who found the site and read my dad’s flight journal entries.  Often they want to just say “hi” and thank me for sharing the information.  Sometimes they want to share an experience their relative had during the War.  Sometimes they want to thank my father for his service.  Sometimes they ask questions as they are a family member of a veteran who passed away without sharing their experience.  Whatever the reason for their contact, it’s extremely gratifying to know that this one little website has been seen by so many and has made such an impact.  Even my father could not believe that anyone would care about his experiences.

The current website has been updated and continues to serve the role that the original website served.  75 years later and my dad’s logbook continues to be relevant, interesting, and current!

If you enjoy this website, consider a donation to the 379th Bomb Group Association whose mission is to keep the memory of the 379th Bomb Group (Heavy) from World War II alive through public education.  You may make a donation via their current Treasurer:

Mary L. Hart
Treasurer, 379th Bomb Group Association
12685 Prince Edward Lane
Frisco, TX  75033

The 379th is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  ALL monies go to the 379th.  I do not receive income from this website.  It is a labor of love.



4 responses to “Home

  1. John McDowell. Van Nuys Ca.

    April 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Your Father is a great American.

  2. b17navigator

    April 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you for your comment John. As you know, those who fought during the War don’t consider themselves heroes – they were just doing a job for their country. I’ll pass along to my father that his website has generated another comment. He’s always so surprised that so many still find interest in World War II.

    Have fun in Van Nuys! I’ve been there. Wonderful place. 🙂

  3. James L. Dodson

    March 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Missy, et al,
    a couple of years ago I had an opportunity to review my uncles military record that he had copy of. The local paper interviewed and did a veterans day spread on my Uncle James W. Dodson, B-17 Pilot/copilot. Your father flew with my uncle during the war and I’m so sorry for the loss of your father, a great American. It has been great to listen, hear and read their stories. A lot of these true Americans who fought for our freedom, stories go undocumented. We were very fortunate that our love ones returned from the war, where we lost so many. God bless you for sharing your fathers log book and stories.

    • b17navigator

      November 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      James, OMG! This is amazing! I apologize for not seeing your comment sooner. A technical glitch not discovered until today (read that as “I forgot to make a password change update in another spot”) kept me from seeing comment notifications. I’m glad you were able to find my website! I am hoping to add more to it, but never seem to find the time. I’ll make it a priority this winter. Easier when the nights are long and cold. Please do keep in touch! And, is it true your uncle is still alive? I have another comment from a Larry L Smith stating he is your uncle’s caretaker and wants more photos and stuff to share? Send me email at…missy.


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