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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 (385BG) but landed at base with Louis Reno 16/9/43; 36m; Salvaged 6/1/45. PATCHES.



  • 42-30601 Mary Ellen II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Kearney 12/7/43; Dow Field 16/7/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Great Ashfield 21/7/43; detailed Bordeaux 16/9/43 with John Schley, Co-pilot: John Baum, Navigator: John Ellingsen, Bombardier: Earl Bates, Flight engineer/top...

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    95th Bomb Group

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  • Joseph Bogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1942, Joseph Bogan was one of the Enlisted Men assigned to the 1141st Quartermaster Company at Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida from the 171st Quartermaster Platoon Service Center (Aviation), the 784th Quartermaster Company (Truck) and the...

  • James Dunn

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Louis Reno

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in service 29 December 1943. Accident in in AC# 239883 'Ruthless' flying through overcast, plane crashed into a mountain while on a non-operational mission to transport crew members who had completed tours of duty to another field for return to...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Event Location Date
Crashed Chedburgh, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP29, UK 16 July 1943

Force landed RAF Chedburgh. Pilot Lt Louis Reno. 16-7-43.

Mid air Collision 16 September 1943

Slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 (385BG) but landed at base. Pilot Lt Louis Reno 16/9/43.

Ditched English Channel 6 January 1945

Ditched English Channel 49.08N-03.16W, Pilot Lt James A Dunn, 6-1-45

B-17F 42-30120(WW) 391BS 34BG 8AF Home base Mendlesham (156).


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 10:34:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log