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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/7/44; transferred 490BG Eye 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/12/45. LOTTA STERN.



  • 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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Showalter

    Military | Corporal | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    31 combat missions over Germany, Ball turret gunner on B-17 'Flying Fortress' also participated in 1 food drom (chowhound) mission over Holland at close of WWII. Air Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusterlstrs Member of Leland crew


  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


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Date Contributor Update
30 September 2017 13:05:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations and media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log