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42-3493

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 14/7/43; Ogden 20/8/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-H] Podington 28/9/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 7/6/44 for Azon/Aphrodite equipment for Knettishall; Salvaged 20/6/45.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1

    Headquarters

Places

  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA June 1943

Built at Douglas, Long Beach.

Delivered Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO, USA 14 July 1943

Delivered USAAF Denver Field 14/7/43.

Assigned Podington, Wellingborough, Bedford NN29, UK 28 September 1943

Assigned 325th BS, 92nd BG, 8AF 28/9/43.

Transferred Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 7 June 1944

Transferred 1 Base Air Depot, 7/6/44. Fitted out as Baby [drone] for Azon/Aphrodite project.

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

Transferred to 388th BG. Project Aphrodite.

Salvaged Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 20 June 1945

Salvaged 20/6/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 20:17:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://forum.12oclockhigh.net

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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