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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 92BG Bangor 2/6/42; 340BS/97BG Polebrook 19/8/42; flew Operation Torch commanders to Gibraltar 5/11/42; Maison Blanche, Alg 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg 25/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs, Tun 1/8/43; Depienne, Tun 15/8/43; RAMBLIN' RECK; transferred 429BS/2BG Massicault, Tun 4/11/43 re-named YANKEE DOO DIT; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Villaorba, It. 18/3/44 with Theo Griffith, Co-pilot: Bill Doyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Steve Murinchack* (3 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Bernie McConnell, Ball turret gunner: Howard Lamont (2 evaded capture); Navigator: Walt Swan*, Bombardier: Alan Klute*, Waist gunner: Nick Cannata, Waist gunner: Harry Chandler*,Tail gunner: Ed Greenlaw (* all 463BG) (5 Prisoner of War); crashed Trieste; Missing Air Crew Report 3259.YANKEE DOO DIT.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log