"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."
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...
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.
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....