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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/4/43; Denver 10/4/43; Gore 18/4/43; Tinker 21/4/43; Morrison 29/4/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 10/5/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 5/5/44 with 1Lt Melvin S Weil Jr, 2lt Sam H Copeland, 2Lt Frederick C Mee, 2lt Charles E Nettles, S/Sgt Clarence A Moser, S/Sgt Albert J Klarman, Sgt James E Taylor, S/Sgt Lewis A Sleeper Jr, Sgt Charles A Cunnean, Sgt Edwin W Goad; crashed Ploesti; Missing Air Crew Report 4607. VIRGINIA LEE.



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Event Location Date
Assigned 71040 Amendola FG, Italy 10 May 1943

Assigned 342BS, 97BG, 15AF Chateau-du-Rhumel 10-May-43.

Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 7 April 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 7-Apr-43.

Crashed Ploiești, Romania 5 May 1944

Missing in Action Ploesti 5-May-44 hit by flak in #4 engine, span out of control crashed Ploesti 5 x POW, 5 x KIA MACR 4607.


Date Contributor Update
27 August 2017 14:45:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log