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41-2578

B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17E
41-2578
Butcher Shop (97BG)/Big Tin Bird (20FG)

Pendleton, Oregon – 18 February 1942
Polebook, England (340BS/97BG) – April 1942
Bovingdon, England (326BS/92BG) – 25 August 1942
Glatton, England (457BG) – 3 March 1944
Kings Cliffe, England (77FS/20FG) – 3 August 1944
Alconbury, England (Salvaged) – 6 August 1945

Lead bomber of first strike force on VIII Bomber Command Mission 1 (17 August 1942).
Squadron hack for Colonel Cy Wilson (CO 20FG).
Oldest Boeing B-17 in the 8AF at war’s end.

Service

Units

People

  • Frank Armstrong

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding Officer; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Commanded 97th BG from 31 July 1942 to 27 September 1942. ...

  • Paul Tibbets

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew 1st bombing mission of WW II in B-17 'Butcher Shop' with his CO, Col. Armstrong. His regularly assigned plane was #41-24444 'The Red Gremlin'. Flew the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on 6 Aug 1945. He...

  • Cy Wilson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot Squadron/Group Commander | 20th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed into North Sea on 27 Aug 1944 in P-51 'Wrangler, Jr' #44-13951

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

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...

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • 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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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 10:46:53 GBlume Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 10:45:52 GBlume Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 10:45:02 GBlume Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 07:33:34 GBlume Changes to unit associations
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 07:11:30 GBlume Changes to description and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 07:04:14 GBlume Changes to description, person associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 07:00:25 GBlume Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings and description
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Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 20:35:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, unit associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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