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42-30342

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite remote controllled drone attack on Watten with Lt F Pool & S/Sgt P Enterline 4/8/44. TAINT A BIRD II.

Service

Aircraft

  • 44-40283 'Lassie Come Home'

    B-24 Liberator
    Employed as a 'mother' ship on Aphrodite [remote controlled, explosive packed flying bomber] project. ...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1

    Headquarters

People

  • Philip Enterline

    Military | Bombsight; AFCE | 95th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 - March - September 1944 - Horham UK | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods * Biography of Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson ...

  • Fain Pool

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Lt. Pool volunteered for Project Aphrodite in 1944 and flew the first mission. Lt. Fain H Pool flew the first classified Top Secret 'Aphrodite' mission on August 4, 1944, from Fersfield Air Base, England, and parachuted out of his B-17 at about 500...

  • Clair Wyrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Clair Wyrick completed 35 missions as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Horham, England.

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA April 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E Warren Air Force Base Heliport, Cheyenne Rd, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY 82005, USA 19 May 1943

Delivered to USAAF, Cheyenne Field 19/5/43.

Assigned Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 28 July 1943

Assigned 334th BS, 95th BG, 8AF 28/7/43.

Transferred Burtonwood, Warrington, UK June 1944

Transferred to #1 Base Air Depot. Fitted out as Aphrodite project drone.

Retasked Aphrodite/Azon Drone Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

Retasked as an Aphrodite/Azon remote controlled drone flying bomb packed with 30,000 lb of Torpex explosives.

Transferred Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK July 1944

Transferred to 388th BG. Aphrodite project drone.

Crashed Gravelines, France 4 August 1944

Aphrodite remote controllled drone attack on Watten 4-8-44. Controlled from B-24J 44-40283. B-17 'Taint A Bird' impacted at Gravelines, probably due to flak damage.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 22:46:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 12:25:43 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 15:55:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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