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44-6578

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/9/44; transferred 332BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 7/12/44; 17m taxi collision with 43-38306 with Joe Troccolli 4/4/45, Salvaged. RUSTY DUSTY.

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Aircraft

  • 43-38306

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-B] Bassingbourn 18/8/44; taxi accident with 44-6578 with Dudley Mathers 4/4/45; THE BIGGEST BIRD.

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Davidson

    Military | First Lieutenant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 35 missions. Returned to ZI via 70th Replacement Depot. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Reichert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Assigned to BAD3. ...

  • Patrick Schiavo

    Military | Master Sergeant | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Reichert crew. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Battle stars), Good Conduct. Post war: Discharged Jul-45. Re-enlisted Nov-45 Discharged Jun-61.

  • Joseph Troccoli

    Military | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Lincoln Airport, 2400 W Adams St, Lincoln, NE 68524, USA 12 September 1944

Delivered Lincoln AAF 12-Sep-44.

Assigned Deopham Green, Wymondham NR18 9DG, UK 28 September 1944

Assigned 731BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Royston SG8, UK 7 December 1944

Transferred to 422BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth, Royston SG8, UK 4 April 1945

Taxiing Accident Bassingbourn/Sta 121 Cat 4 damage Lt Joseph J Troccoli, 4-Apr-45.

B-17G 44-6578 - 422BS 91BG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 18:11:09 Pete Changes to description
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 18:10:04 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 21:14:42 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=44-6578&Submit4=Go
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=98273

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 11:09:50 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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