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42-3465

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/6/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-N] Horham 30/8/43; force landed Bassingbourn Afd 16/10/43; force landed RAF Friston 30/11/43 with James W Conley (7 Returned to Duty), Navigator: Robert J Fogarty, Bombardier: Royal Klein, rop Edward R McCarraher (all wia); 19m, transferred to SAD Watton 5/12/43; Returned to the USA 3704 Keesler 4/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/9/45. WEE BONNIE.

Service

Units

People

  • James Conley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD. Shot down by fighters near Haselunne on a mission to Klein Machnow, Belin on 6 Mar 1944...

  • Robert Fogarty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Royal Klein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD.

  • Edward McCarraher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD.

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 16 October 1943

Force landed Bassingbourn Afd 16/10/43.

Crashed Friston, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17, UK 30 November 1943

Force landed RAF Friston 30/11/43. Pilot Lt James W Conley. (7 x RTD, 3 x WIA).

Transferred Watton, Thetford, Norfolk IP25, UK 5 December 1943

Transferred to SAD Watton 5/12/43.

Returned Stateside Keesler Dr, Selma, AL 36701, USA 4 August 1944

Returned to the USA 3704 Keesler 4/8/44. 19 mission veteran. Sold for Scrap.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 20:05:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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