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42-3483

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/6/43; Rome 7/8/43; Assigned with H2S 812BS/482BG [MI-A] Alconbury 10/43; 384BG Grafton Underwood 14/4/44; transferred 401BG Deenethorpe 17/4/44; became radio-relay with 8th Fighter Command 22/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/12/45. CHOPSTICK A-ABLE.

Service

Units

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    Command
    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 812th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Emil Petersen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/ Aerial Gunner/ Aerial Gunner Instructor | 94th Bomb Group
    Emil Thomas Petersen, radio operator, Gunner, Gunnery Instructor missed the mission where his aircraft and all its crew members were lost as he was ill. He was then transferred to the Texas Mauler B-17 ...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • 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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 23:05:03 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 22:08:36 Paul Bellamy Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log
482BG records (ARG Archive, Alconbury)

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 22:06:41 Paul Bellamy Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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