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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/43; Gt Falls 31/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Nashville 23/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Chelveston VANISHING VIRGIN 24/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 30/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA 12/5/44; Lockbourn 3/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45. X-VIRGIN.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • Fred Boyle

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Fred Boyle

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • John Dougherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Neuberg in B-17 43-38144 on 9/3/44

  • William Frye

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) on B17

  • Cullen Lee

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Malvern Sweet

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • David Tyler

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do


  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 23 January 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 23-Jan-43.

Assigned Chelveston, UK 24 March 1943

Assigned 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, UK 30 September 1943

Transferred 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Burtonwood, UK 15 March 1944

1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood.


Date Contributor Update
12 October 2019 21:31:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log