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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Gore 17/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-T] Polebrook 17/4/43; 17m Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Capt Dick Hathaway; no gas, ditched Channel & rescued by ASR, 10RTD. EAGER EAGLE.



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Hathaway

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229684 'Eager Eagle' ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. Richard Hathaway is Front Row left in picture

  • Chester Starzynski

    Military | First Sergeant | Ball Turret, Left Wing, Right Wing and Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log