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B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17E
The Big Bitch (97BG)/Hangar Queen (390BG)

Polebook, England (414BS/97BG) – March 1942
Framlingham, England (390BG) – 27 June 1942
Bovingdon, England (327BS/92BG) – 24 August 1942
VIII Air Force Service Command – 9 October 1942
Salvaged – 31 May 1945

Part of strike force on VIII Bomber Command Mission 1 (17 August 1942).
Suffered first casualties for 92BG (6 September 1942).
Training aircraft and hack for 390BG.



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • John Bungard

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8 Sep 42 Fighers attacked B-17 41-9021 for the first casualties for the 92nd BG

  • Ralph Burbridge

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew on the B-17 'All-American' Plane - a picture of it was one of the most famous of WW II where the German fighter almost cut it in half. ...

  • Hubert Crowell

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8 Sep 42 Fighers attacked B-17 41-9021 for the first casualties for the 92nd BG. Crowell died of the injures inflicted 9/6/42

  • Harry Nuessle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group

  • John Segrest

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by FW 190's on 17 April 1943. B-17 #4229574 'Sky Wolf II' turned over and crashed at Fiebing, 10 miles south of Aurich, Germany while on a mission to Bremen. This was a 92nd BG crew flying with the 91st. Prisoner of War...


  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...


  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • 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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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 10:46:24 GBlume Changes to description

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29 May 2017 10:38:47 GBlume Changes to markings

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29 May 2017 09:33:47 GBlume Changes to nicknames

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29 May 2017 08:17:50 GBlume Changes to description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 22:07:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log