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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...

  • 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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