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41-9100

B-17 Flying Fortress

As 414BS/97BG Polebrook 11/4/42; flew first 8AF bombing mission with Lt. Thomas H. Borders, the Ball turret gunner: Kent West, credited with destruction of 1st German aircraft destroyed, on 17-August 1942; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; CCRC 1/43; 525BS/379BG Kimbolton, UK as formation a/c, complete with bright paint scheme; RAF Clunto, NI. 8/2/44; Salvaged 18/6/45. BIRMINGHAM BLITZKREIG.

Service

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron
  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Borders

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Lt Thomas Borders graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa before enlisting in the Air Corps in July 1941. Assigned as a Pilot in the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron, he was sent overseas. He was Pilot of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on...

  • Fleming Goolsby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Fleming Goolsby was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Co-Pilot of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17 August 1942. Transferred to North Africa with the 97thBG, he was...

  • Mortimer Walsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Mortimer Walsh was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Bombardier on board of "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" 41-9100 on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17 August 1942. Transferred to North Africa with...

  • Kent West

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Kent West (first name "Kemp" in the US 1930 Census) was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group/414th Bomb Squadron. He was Ball Turret Gunner on board 41-9100 "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" on VIII Bomber Command's first Heavy Bomber raid to Rouen, France on 17...

Missions

  • 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...

Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 11:07:44 cody1947 Changes to markings
Sources

Personal Remembrances of 379th BG Veterans and local Citizens living near Base #117 Kimbolton England

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 20:10:24 cody1947 Changes to markings
Sources

Personal remembrances of 379th BG Veterans and Civilians living in the base 117 Kimbolton area

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 20:08:54 cody1947 Changes to markings
Sources

Personal remembrances of 379th BG Veterans and Civilians living in the Base 117 Kimbolton Area

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 19:02:33 cody1947 Changes to markings
Sources

From interviews with former 379th BG Veterans and local civilians living near Kimbolton Base 117

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2017 14:52:19 cody1947 Changes to markings
Sources

Personal remembrances of 379th BG Veterans and local Civilians of the Stow Lunga and Kimbolton area.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 22:29:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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