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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Tinker 8/6/43; Smoky Hill 17/6/43; Casper 28/6/43; Kearney 30/6/43; Eglin 4/7/43; Dow 9/7/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Ain M'Lila 27/7/43; Massicault 31/7/43; 19m transferred 341BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 23/6/44 with 2Lt Lyle R Fleener, 2Lt Thomas J Clancey, 2Lt Wallace B Ballard, 2Lt Edward J McShane, S/Sgt Richard R Gindes, S/Sgt Himan A Popkin, Sgt Robert K King, Sgt Robert E Huhnke, Sgt Robert C Logsdon, Sgt Alexis V Potvin; shot down by Romanian fighters, crashed Bucharest; 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 6951. HUSTLIN' HUZZY.

Co-pilot hit in head 20mm cannon shell, pilot dazed and baled out out, chute failed to open, radio operator killed at his station in attack.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 341st Bomb Squadron
  • 96th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 18 May 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 18-May-43.

Assigned Ain M'lila, Algeria 27 July 1943

Assigned 96BS, 2BG Ain M'Lila 27-Jul-43.

Assigned Depienne, Sminja, Tunisia 14 November 1943

Transferred 341BS, 97BG Depienne 14-Nov-43.

Crashed Bucharest, Romania 23 June 1944

Missing in Action Ploesti 23-Jun-44 shot down by Romanian fighters, crashed Bucharest; MACR 6951.


Date Contributor Update
05 September 2017 09:39:48 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2017 09:17:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log