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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/8/43; Gore 10/8/43; Cheyenne 11/8/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-J] Polebrook 22/9/43; on practice mission 23/5/44 with Chas Walker fire broke out in cockpit, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rob Martin burned when oxygen bottle exploded as he dealt with fire; 31m 37BS/487BG [4F] Lavenham 16/7/44; Returned to the USA 377 BU Grenier 17/12/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 6/8/45. MY DEVOTION.



  • Tomas Romero

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball turret gunner


  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 05:00:34 LastPost Changes to nicknames

U.S. Air Force photos

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 04:59:40 LastPost Changes to media associations

U.S. Air Force photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log