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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 27 July 1944; Cheyenne 6 August 1944; Grenier 25 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 27 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on 5 missions : on 31 March 1945; 4 April 1945; 14 April 1945; 18 April 1945 and on the 5 May 1945 Chowhound mission to drop food to the Dutch population. Returned to the USA Bradley 21 June 1945; South Plains 23 June 1945; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman, Arizona 2 december 1945.

Service

Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico. ...

  • Willard Fager

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Crew Chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief, 70+ missions, no aborts, earned him the Bronze Star. ETD Awards: BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oral Walker

    Military | Corporal | Ground crew | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

Places

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 12:53:58 ED-BB Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Associated with Pilot, Lt Harold E. Dwyer
Dwyer crew data at http://valortovictory.tripod.com/crews/Dwyer.htm

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 01:39:15 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 22:06:09 Fager5 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Ann Fager Driggs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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