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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 384BG Grafton Underwood 10/2/44; transferred 750BS/457BG [R] Glatton 19/2/44;

On return from Oranienburg involved in base landing accident with Frank Guca 14/3/45 one crewman was (? Lt Harlan Van Deilen);

Returned to the USA Bradley 28/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 1/12/45. BOUNCING BETTY II.



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Guca

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

  • Leslie Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Leslie R Peterson served as a radio operator/ gunner with the 457th Bomb Group. He completed 35 combat missions between 1 August 1944 and 31 December 1944. Twenty of his 35 missions were flown on B-17 42-97535.


  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


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Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 16:02:00 Lucy May Changes to description, unit associations and person associations

Added associations from information in aircraft biography and image caption of FRE 6687.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 09:53:17 EXATC Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations

Leslie R. Peterson records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log