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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 6/5/44; no ops, transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-K] Polebrook 24/5/44; 103m Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/12/45. DEVIL'S MISTRESS.



  • 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...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • Chambers Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions in 77 days Distinguished Flying Cross (July 1944)

  • John Cowley

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • Samuel Devan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Good Conduct Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with two (2) Bronze Stars, American Defense Service Ribbon, Air Medal with three (3) Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross.

  • Victor Grissom

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Co-pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Victor Franklin Grissom Jr flew 13 missions (12 credited) with the 510th BS, 351st BG out of Polebrook, Station 110, England from 15 Mar 1945 until 17 Apr 1945. ...

  • Charles Hayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wilhelmshorst in B-17 #43-37920

  • Winfield Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Joseph Horvath

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • Raymond Keene

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Robert Schlader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | LWG/TG (left waist gunner/tail gunner) | 351st Bomb Group
    Robert Laverne Schlader was born March 2, 1925, at Cresco, Iowa, the son of Virgil and Gladys (McCarville) Schlader. He graduated from the Floyd Consolidated School. Bob served in the AAF during WWII as a LWG/TG on a B-17 with 38 missions over Germany....

  • Lloyd Stovall

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    32 missions AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

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  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 11 February 1944
Assigned Nuthampstead, Royston SG8, UK 6 May 1944

398th BG
Flew no ops before transferring to 351st BG

Assigned Polebrook, Peterborough PE8, UK 24 May 1944

351 BG
510 BS


Date Contributor Update
01 April 2022 04:16:33 Dave618 Changes to person associations


Date Contributor Update
01 April 2022 04:14:26 Dave618 Changes to media associations


Date Contributor Update
11 July 2016 01:47:06 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

"B-17 Flying Fortress Story" - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log