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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9-May-43; Smoky Hill 17-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 30-May-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] at Horham, UK on 14-Jun-43; with R.E. Robinson force landed RAF Wheaton Ash, all crew OK, 16-Jun-43; 18m, battle damaged Marienberg 9-Oct-43 with J.P. Casper; crash landed Rackheath A/fd, 10RTD; Salvaged 26-Oct-43. LOUISE II.



  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • John Casper

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37857 on local training flight on 10 Jan 1944 was forced to make a wheels up landing due to landing gear malfunction. RTD

  • Ralph Eherts

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30377 'Rodger the Lodger II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 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 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...


  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Crashed Ash Grove, Wheaton Aston, Stafford, Staffordshire ST19 9PJ, UK 16 September 1943

Force landed RAF Wheaton Ash, all crew OK, 16-Sep-43.

Crashed Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 9 October 1943

Battle damaged Marienberg 9-Oct-43 with Pilot Lt J P Casper; crash landed Rackheath A/fd, (10 x RTD).

Salvaged Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 26 October 1943

Salvaged 26-Oct-43.


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 23:01:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Converted all date entries to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 20:42:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log