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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 16/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-L/Z] Bassingbourn 6/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-U] Horham 16/6/43 LONESOME POLECAT; 16/9/43 with W.C. Lindley force landed Bungay Afd; 48m, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45. THE ZOOT SUITERS. (Pix shows STRICTLY ZOOT)



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Barnett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 27 missions DFC, AM, Unit Citation

  • Leroy Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Cupp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Henry Held

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Hockett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hutchings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    22 December 1943 crash landed in a meadow in Norfolk due to lack of power in B17#42-3273 'Impatient Virgin' on return from mission to Munster, Germany. L. F. Seger crew. 10 RTD

  • Charles Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #423286. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed 16 September 1943

Force landed Bungay Afd. Pilot Lt W C Lindley.

Returned Stateside United States August 1945

Returned Stateside.


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 15:44:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, 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