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"Men of the 527th Bomb Squadron, 379th Bomb Group, battle a blaze in the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Lucky Patch' (A/C No. 44-6507) which made a belly landing at an 8th Air Force Base in England on 3 May 1945."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6507 'Lucky Patch'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 9/9/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG Lavenham 13/9/44; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-K] Kimbolton 24/9/44; u/c coll on landing 3/5/45 with Hub Woodruff; Salvaged 6/5/45. LUCKY PATCH.


  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Date Contributor Update
10 January 2019 19:23:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations