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B-17 Flying Fortress

The initial flight of the aircraft took place on 2-Dec-36, but with Stan Umstead, five days later nosed over during landed but was not too badly damaged. Delivered 49BS/2BG Langley 1-Mar-37; 4000 Base Unit Wright Fd 1938; transferred 19BG March Fd, Oct-40; Amarillo 2-Nov-42; 71 flights; Written off 11-Dec-42.

NOTE: B-17 aircraft with model numbers beginning with "Y" were never used in combat roles or were ever sent to the United Kingdom.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

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  • 49th Bomb Squadron


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  • William Bowman

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

  • William Byers

    Military | Major | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
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  • Edward Craig

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Bombadier | 351st Bomb Group

  • Robert Dames

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
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  • George Decker

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group

  • Sidney George

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Roy Hoegh

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

  • Varsted Jizmejian

    Military | First Lieutenant | PILOT - B17 | 351st Bomb Group

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Event Location Date
First flight 2 December 1936
Delivered Langley AFB, Hampton, VA, USA 1 March 1937

Delivered to the 49th Bomb Squadron of the 2nd Bomb Group.

Delivered Wright Field, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Riverside, OH 45431, USA 1938

Delivered to 4000 Base Unit at Wright Field.

Transferred March Air Reserve Base, CA, USA October 1940

Transferred to the 19th Bomb Group at March Field.

Transferred Air Park, Amarillo, TX, USA 11 February 1942

Transferred to Amarillo.


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2019 00:52:47 466thHistorian Changes to place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 15:53:29 Emily Changes to serial number

Removed block number from serial number

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 18:28:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2014

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 00:12:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number and production block number

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2015 Added model production number to title per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 00:01:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings and description

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2014. Added production designation, converted dates in description to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2014 11:03:38 Lucy May Changes to events

Added Events based on Dave Osborne's biographical description.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:00 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log