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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered RAF [AN518] as part of Lend-Lease Act; 90 Squadron (WP-B) Polebrook, UK Aug-41; transferred 220 Squadron, Portreath, MIA Bygland, Norway, 8-Sep-41. First B-17 loss (RAF). Salvaged.



  • 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...


Event Location Date
Assigned Polebrook Airfield, UK August 1941

90 Squadron RAF

Assigned RAF Portreath, UK September 1941

220 Squadron RAF

Shot Down Bygland, Norway 8 September 1941


Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 23:16:20 466thHistorian Changes to events

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 19:32:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and description

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2015. Added nickname note from existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 19:15:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description and place associations

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2015. Added Block Number, added manufacturer; Corrected description, converted dates in Description to military-style signification based on "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log