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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered RAF [AN519] as part of Lend-Lease Act; 90 Squadron (WP-H) Polebrook, UK 3-Jun-41; transferred AAEE Boscombe Down 20-Aug-41; first B-17 to bomb Germany (with RAF) 20-Dec-41; transferred to 206 Squadron, Benbecula 16-Jul-42; 59 Squadron [ -V] Thorney Is 28-Dec-42, used as a hack until posted to 1 OTU Thornaby 1-Oct-43; Missing in Action Oslo 12-Dec-43 with RAF. Salvaged 14-Aug-44.



  • 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
25 January 2015 19:27:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames

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

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 19:20:35 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