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40-2055 B-17C

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered RAF [AN523] as part of Lend-Lease; 90 Squadron [WP-D] Polebrook 21-Apr-41; damaged in RAFR Brest mission 16-Aug-41 with Sturmey, Franks, Mulligan, Goldsmith Wounded in Action (4 Returned to Duty); H. Needle, S. Abrose, M.Leahy (3 Killed in Action); attacked by enemy aircraft at 32,000 ft, the highest yet recorded, and crash landed Roborough, Plymouth, Devon, UK. and burnt out. Written off. (Those who died were killed in initial engagement).

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  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

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Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 00:26:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number, production block number, manufacturer and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2015. All changes based on "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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