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42-107027

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44;
Assigned 401BS/91BG Bassingbourn 7/4/44 ANNE, then THE BLOODY BUCKET; 322BS [LG-Y/X]; 324BS [DF-Y]; battle damaged Dresden 14/2/45 with Joe Bilotta, Bob Fuller Wounded in Action, rest ? ; force landed Denain, Fr, an RCAF airfield 20/2/45; (first B-17 repaired on continent & ret to group);

After VE-Day transferred Istres, S. France with 384BG and carried POWs and displaced persons from North Africa, adorned with airline type strips on fuselage; 125+m Salvaged 9AF 31/12/45. HIKIN' FOR HOME.

Service

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 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
  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Bilotta

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    35 Combat missions over Europe in WWII, participated in the Berlin Airlift, Commander of Ice Island (North Pole), served in Vietnam War. ...

  • Robert Fuller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, blown out of the plane when it exploded and was the only crew member to survive. 8-Apr-45. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13881...

  • Bill Gilfillan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Had an Agricultural deferment that would have kept him out of the war. Went to the Marine recruiter to enlist but they were out to lunch. The Army Air Corps recruiter happened to be in so he joined the Army Air Corps instead

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...

  • Istres, France

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 14:22:38 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 09:55:05 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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