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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 28/7/44; Cheyenne 4/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 6/9/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 26/9/44; crashed on take off at Bozeat, Northamptonshire., UK 16/12/44 with John Ahern; 9 bailed, 1KIA; Salvaged n/battle damaged 17/12/44.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...


  • John Ahern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Saved village of Bozeat England by keeping plane from hitting village church. All the rest of the crew bailed out. The mission had been recalled because of bad weather. Three engines quit, the plane still had its bomb load. A/C...


  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


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Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 11:23:17 SteveC Changes to description

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log