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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/4/43; Cheyenne 16/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-D] SNAFU Earls Colne 10/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-N] Grafton Underwood 16/7/43; 545BS [JD-T]; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 31/12/43; Shipdam Afd 1/3/44; Cheddington 14/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 5/8/44; Recl Comp 3/1/46. ALABAMA WHIRLWIND.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 802nd Reconnaissance Group (SP)
  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 13 April 1943
Assigned Earls Colne, Colchester CO6, UK 30 April 1943

94th BG

Assigned Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 16 July 1943

384th BG

Assigned Little Staughton, Bedford MK44, UK 31 December 1943


Assigned Watton, Thetford IP25, UK 8 May 1944

802nd RG


Date Contributor Update
01 January 2017 03:21:18 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman
"The 25th BG (Rcn) in World War II" - Norman Malayney - page 279

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log