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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Gore 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-W] Polebrook 17/4/43; battle damaged Bordeaux 31/12/43 36m, crash landed Sywell, Notts; 1st Base Air Depot, Burtonwood;

Returned to the USA Rome 21/7/44; Roswell 5/9/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. SNOOZIN' SUSAN.



  • 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


  • Jack Danby

    Military | Major | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Jack Danby served as a navigator with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group, who flew bombing missions out of Polebrook, England. His first mission was on the 21 May 1943 striking submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ...

  • Kenneth Jockel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | armorer Gunner 612 | 351st Bomb Group


  • 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...

  • 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


Event Location Date
Crashed Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Sywell, Northampton NN6 0BN, UK 31 December 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log