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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 30/4/44; Kearney 14/6/44; Presque Is 5/7/44; Assigned PFF 834BS/486BG [2S-G] Sudbury 7/7/44; 61m transferred 92BG Podington 7/7/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 23/11/45. AMERICAN BEAUTY.



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 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...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron


  • Edmund Barmasse

    Military | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Barmasse crew

  • Jerome Berndt

    Military | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Part of the Barmasse crew

  • Edward Bruschke

    Military | Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Barmasse crew

  • William Cusack

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William Joseph Cusack June 27, 1918 - Sept. 25, 2011 Resident of Concord, California William Joseph Cusack passed away at age 93 after a long and rewarding life. "Bill," to those who new him, was born in New York. He enlisted and served in the Army Air...

  • Francis Dolley

    Military | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Barmasse crew

  • Albert Doyle

    Military | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Part of the Barmasse crew

  • Roy Frawley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • Richard Henderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Richard M. Henderson was the son of E.L. Henderson of Detroit, Michigan. ...

  • Richard Jones

    Military | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Part of the Barmasse Crew

  • William Solomon

    Military | Radio Operator Gunner; Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Barmasse crew

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  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Delivered Dallas, TX, USA 30 April 1944
Assigned Sudbury CO10, UK 7 July 1944

486th BG
834th BS

Salvaged Kingman, AZ, USA 23 November 1945


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2021 13:56:53 RayWells Changes to person associations

changes to connections

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 23:26:17 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log