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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 24/8/43; Scott 18/11/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 11/11/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-M] Polebrook 25/11/43; {30m} transferred 838BS/487BG [2C- ] Lavenham 16/7/44; about to t/o on training flight 26/7/44 with Clayton Hutcheson, Co-pilot: Rich Atkins, Bombardier: Russell Jurgens, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Burnis Hopper, Radio Operator: Jim Curley (5 Returned to Duty); the hydraulic pump was playing up and pilot decided to return to dispersal but the strong wind led to collision with another parked B-17 42-39848, which had an engine torn off and nose destroyed. Salvaged 27/7/44.



  • 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 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log