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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/8/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 27/10/43; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-G] Polebrook 18/11/43; on 26/4/44 with Tony Zotollo force landed base with only one u/c wheel, no injuries; {24m} transferred 836BS/487BG [2G- ] Lavenham 14/7/44; {2m} battle damaged 16/7/44 and sal. GOLDEN BALL.



  • Wallace Rufeisen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW


  • 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...

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • 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
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log