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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; 322BS [LG-A] 5/43 16+m; taken off operations and transferred 403 AD 2/7/43; 8AF HQ Sqd 15/8/43 for VIP duties. Salvaged 19/10/44. Used as camera ship to film Major William Wilder's Memphis Belle film. THE BAD PENNY.

Service

Units

People

  • Lester Chesser

    Military | Private | Ground crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Clarence Cluck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gun | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Dager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clyde DeBaun

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards; DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean war medal. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean war and rising to Lt Colonel.

  • Davis George

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Merel Hawthorne

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Hubert Hayes

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gun | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Emil Knutelsky

    Military | Corporal (Technician Fifth Grade) | Ground crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Kurtz

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Lemley

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Ground crew | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, Korean medal.

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Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • High Wycombe

    Military site : non-airfield
    Not the site of RAF High Wycombe, this was the Headquarters of Eighth Air Force Bomber Command (Pinetree). Situated on land and in a house formerly occupied by Wycombe Abbey School and restored to them by the US on 9 May 1946. ...

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA June 1942

Delivewred to USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn, Royston SG8 5LP, UK 31 August 1942

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF 31-Aug-42. Transferred to 322BS May-43.

Assigned 97 Largy Rd, Crumlin BT29 4RT, UK 2 July 1943

Transferred to 403rd Air Depot.

Assigned High Wycombe, UK 15 August 1943

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 8AF for VIP duties.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2017 12:24:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Fighting Colors: The Creation of Military Aircraft Nose Art by Gary Velasco.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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