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B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17E
Yankee Doodle

MacDill Field, FL USA (414BS/97BG) – Early March 1942
Sarasota-Bradenton Airfield, FL USA (414BS/97BG) – 29 March 1942
Grafton-Underwood, England (414BS/97BG) – 6 July 1942
Bovingdon, England (92BG) – 24 August 1942
Bassingbourn, England (91BG) – 30 March 1943
Salvaged – 26 July 1945

Lead bomber of second strike force on VIII Bomber Command Mission 1 (17 August 1942).
Training aircraft and hack for 91BG.



  • 41-24415 Yankee Doodle II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42; Maison Blanche 13/11/42; Tafaraoui 22/11/42; Biskra 25/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; coll mid air with 25147, prop sheared part of tail off, crew man bailed out over Mediterranean Sea, with...

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  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • Edwin Breedlove

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Initially Staff Sergeant B-17 Radio Operator & Waist Gunner w/414th BS | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Ernest Clark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner & Asst. Radio Operator | 97th Bomb Group

  • Ira Eaker

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947. ...

  • Rudolph Flack

    Military | Colonel | Pilot, Squadron CO, Base CO, Wing CO, NASAF Ops Ofcr, 2nd AAF C-of-S | 97th Bomb Group
    Rudolph Emil "Rudy" Flack, the son of German emigrates, was born on November 11, 1916 in Fanwood, New Jersey. Rudy’s father (Fred) was a master precision machinist in aircraft manufacturing from 1910 thru 1928 and then worked for MGM Studios as...

  • Joseph Giambrone

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' Joe kept the 'Belle' Flying through six months of combat. He replaced 9 engines, both wings, two tails, both main landing gear, and more !! Once 'Belle' returned to the US...


  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • 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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23 July 2021 19:06:56 acbernstein1 Changes to markings

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17 September 2020 23:33:07 RickFlack Changes to person associations

User RickFlack added the "Rudolph E Flack" People connection on 9/17/2020.

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20 August 2020 20:35:03 RickFlack Changes to aircraft associations

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20 August 2020 01:29:35 RickFlack Changes to description

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15 September 2017 13:45:04 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

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29 May 2017 10:55:15 GBlume Changes to markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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20 October 2014 21:49:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and description

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

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