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509th crew, Rufus Hanchett tip row, 2nd from right.



  • 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...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron



  • 43-38666

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Hunter 9/9/44; Dow Fd 20/9/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 25/9/44; transferred 509BS/351BS [RQ-T] Polebrook 6/10/44; 508BS [YB-H]; 49m Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 18/6/45;...


  • 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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