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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG- ] Alconbury 8/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 1m, transferred 508BS/351BG [YB-A] Polebrook 12/7/43; 8m Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with Bill Suit, Co-pilot: Jim Grayson,Tail gunner: Lionel Mount (3 Killed in Action), Radio Operator: Bertil Eriksop, Ball turret gunner: Orville Greece (2 evaded capture); Navigator: Myron Johnson, Bombardier: Bernie Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex Noe, Waist gunner: Joe May, Waist gunner: Louis Lochen (5 Prisoner of War); flak severed tail, crashed Villiers-sur-Simon, 11 miles W of Arras, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 469. FAST WOMAN.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bernie Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229716 'Fast Woman. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertil Ericksop

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Bertil Ericksop

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229716 'Fast Woman. ' Evaded.

  • James Grayson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • James Grayson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229716 'Fast Woman. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Orville Greece

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Orville Greece

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229716 'Fast Woman. ' Evaded.

  • Myron Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Myron Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229716 'Fast Woman. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bernie Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

Places

  • 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...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed La Fosse Simon, 89116 Saint-Romain-le-Preux, France 27 August 1943 – 27 August 1943

Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43. Cause - flak severed tail, crashed Villiers-sur-Simon, 11 miles W of Arras, France. (2 x EVD, 5 x POW, 3 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 469.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 18:47:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 469 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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