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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/44; Kearney 30/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-H] Snetterton 14/7/44; during training with Jack Bimemiller unable to lower u/c and ordered to Honington depot to force land, however after repairs completed 78 missions then transferred 388BG 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/6/45; after an overhaul left for a war bond tour in the States; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/7/45; on completion to Lubbock for re-fitting and an unsuccessful negotiations with Seattle city council, who decided it would be too costly to maintain, the aircraft was eventually assigned Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/11/45. (so named as 5,000th B-17 off Boeing production line since Pearl Harbor and signed by all workers before leaving the Seattle factory) 5 GRAND.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 1st Strategic Air Depot


  • Elmo Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned July 1944.

  • James Bates

    Military | Sergeant | Mechanic | 96th Bomb Group

  • Jack Beard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Amorer; right waist gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Feb 1945 ...

  • John Belay

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew.

  • Jack Bimemiller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned May 1944

  • Robert Bohyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Robert Bohyer was part of Lt. Edward C Unger's crew who ferried the B-17 43-37716 '5 Grand' over to the European Theater of Operations. Bohyer flew 10 missions with the 8th Air Force from England and another 25 missions from Italy.

  • Jack Boyce

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

  • Roy Brockman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    35 missions 1944: Aug 4 Bremen; 7 Reims; 9 Nurnberg; 13 Gessicourt; 14 Ludwigshaven; 26 Brest; 27 Berlin; Sep 1 Frankfurt; 3 Crozon Kerret; 5 Stuttgart; 8 Chemnitz; 13 Diosgyor; 25 Ludwigshaven; 26 Bremen; 27 Mainz; 30 Bielefeld; Oct 2 Kassel; 3...

  • Frank Carter

    Military | Sergeant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Flew on the "5 Grand"

  • John Crownover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned May 1944. Flew '5 Grand' Tail #43-37716. DFC

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  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944
Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 15 May 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 15-May-44.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 14 July 1944

Assigned 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed RAF Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1ER, UK 24 July 1944

Landing Accident Troston/Sta 595 Cat 4 damage Lt Jack A Bimemiller, 24-Jul-44.

B-17G 43-37716 - 338BS 96BG 8AF

Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK May 1945

Transferred to 388BG May-45.

Returned ZI Bradley International Airport (BDL), Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 14 June 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley AAF 14-Jun-45.

Statewide tour United States 15 June 1945 – 29 July 1945

War bond tour in the States.

Sold for scrap metal in USA Kingman Airport, 7000 Flightline Dr, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA 22 November 1945

Assigned Reconstruction Finance Corporation Kingman 22-Nov-45.


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2020 03:28:24 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added quotes around nicknames for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 01:32:03 Jim O'Reilly Changes to person associations

Crew members names written down by my uncle James H. Lenahan

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 22:45:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II By Nicholas A. Veronico

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2017 00:23:17 Mark Lyons Changes to nicknames

B17 production book

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2014 13:02:20 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and media associations

Added nickname to nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log