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42-29762

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Smoky Hill 20/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-D] Polebrook 11/7/43; 35m 2 BAD Warton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 2/6/44; Hendricks 27/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45. COUP DE GRACE.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Thorns

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/ gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    On 17 August 1943, Bill Thorns' crew led the first shuttle mission, which was heading for Regensburg, Germany. He was flying in B-17 42-30366 'Fertile Myrtle 3rd'. "Col Curtis LeMay commanded this mission from our plane". ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

Places

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 22:54:50 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 21, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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