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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Smoky Hill 13/4/43; Selfridge 4/5/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP- ] Podington 8/5/43 TARGET FOR TONIGHT; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 322BS/91BG Bassingbourn 6/7/43; 60+m 303BG (as HQ hack) Molesworth 27/7/43; Returned to the USA Bradley Fd 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Cincinnati 16/7/45. WABASH CANNONBALL.

Service

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew on Wabash Cannonball completed 25 missions

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...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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