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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Dow Fd 30/8/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 1/9/44; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 2/9/44; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 3/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 5/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/12/45.



  • 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...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron
  • 532nd Bomb Squadron


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Ridgewell, England

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 27 July 1944
Assigned Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 9 January 1945

482nd BG

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead, Essex CO9, UK 9 February 1945

381st BG

Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk IP21, UK 9 March 1945

100th BG


Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 03:10:36 466thHistorian Changes to events

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 03:09:27 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log