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Major David Wheeler alongside the noseart of B-17 42-31721 Black Magic 351BG, 8AF.



  • 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. ...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • David Wheeler

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Squadron Leader
    Completed 25 missions from Apr 1943 to Nov 1944. He was the 70th Officer to complete tour. He survived three plane crashes, which one he was badly injured while stationed with the 351st BG. ...


  • 42-31721 'Black Magic'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-S] Polebrook 29/1/44; 36m Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Clyde McClelland, Co-pilot: Dick Francis, Navigator: John Duncan, Bombardier: George Kiely, Flight engineer/top turret...


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07 December 2017 20:02:01 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations