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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA 4135 BU Hill Fd 22/6/44; 617 BU Tooele 1/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/11/45. THE SHAMROCK SPECIAL.



  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

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    8th Air Force

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  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

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  • Gilbert Carlson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3162 'Buccaneer'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners.

  • Robert Dalton

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief; Ground Crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), "Shamrock Special" (42-29591), "Destiny's...


  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 12 January 1943
Assigned RAF Bassingbourn, UK 16 June 1943


Ground collision Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK November 1943

41-24639 'Careful Virgin' returned from sortie with combat damage and without brakes and collided with A/C. Rear fuselage was written off, a 'cut n shut' was performed with a rear fuselage from another B-17.

Repaired and RTD Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK November 1943 – 29 November 1943

'Cut and shut' repair, back on Op's on 30-12-43.

Returned Stateside Hill Field Rd, Layton, UT 84041, USA 22 June 1944

Returned to the USA 4135 BU Hill Field 22/6/44.

Transferred Tooele, UT, USA 1 March 1945

Transferred to 617 BU Tooele 1/3/45.

Assigned RAF Alconbury, UK



Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 21:36:48 466thHistorian Changes to production block number

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25 September 2020 21:35:00 466thHistorian Changes to events and mission associations

"The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

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19 September 2017 16:24:06 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

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22 December 2015 11:14:23 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman

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14 December 2015 13:33:29 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

AAM DB Entry Correction.

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07 December 2015 23:14:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

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