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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Lincoln 9 December 1944. Transferred to Dow Field on 17 December 1944. Assigned to the 535BS/381BG [MS-Q] at Ridgewell on 22 December 1944, and lost its stabiliser in taxi accident on 11 April 1945 with B-17 44-8826; Assigned to Base Air Depot Burtonwood. Damaged in a landing accident with Fred Johnson as pilot at Baldonnel, Dublin on 12 November 1945, and allegedly left for a number of years until it was broken up.



  • 44-8826

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/1/45; Hunter 26/1/45; Grenier 3/2/45; Assigned PFF 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 27/3/45; {7m} transferred 367BS/306BG Thurleigh 23/5/45; landing accident at base with Cecil Starks 12/10/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 3/7/46.



  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Ridgewell

    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...


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Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 16:59:04 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, aircraft associations, unit associations and place associations

Correspondence between A P 'Tony' Kearns and Roger Freeman regarding B-17 crashes in Ireland, 18 August 1997. From Roger Freeman's correspondence archive, held by IWM

Dave Osborne's Fort Log previously suggested that the aircraft was salvaged by the 9th air Force in Germany on 10 December 1945.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:54 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log