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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered ?; Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42 as THE BERLIN SLEEPER; with Lt George D.Burgess took part in 1st 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-T/B] Bovingdon 9/42; force landed Hendon with Alan Hermance 16/10/42 Missing Air Crew Report 190; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth as RIDGE RUNNER; landing accident Alconbury with K.M. Bowen 10/2/43; Honington RG 22/4/43; 403 AD RG Langford Lodge 6/5/43; AFSC 26/7/43; Written off 20/5/45. THE BERLIN SLEEPER.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron
  • 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • 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
24 May 2019 12:29:54 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings

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Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 22:12:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and unit associations

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

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 21:27:20 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 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest

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