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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 2/5/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG [W8-N] Eye 2/8/44; crash landed base with Eaden Whiteman 23/2/45 but repaired and back to operations; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 25/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45. ALL 'ER NOTHIN'.



  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron


  • Eaden Whiteman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894


  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Delivered Dallas, TX, USA 2 May 1944
Assigned Eye, UK 2 August 1944


Returned to the U.S. Bradley International Airport (BDL), Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 12 July 1945

then Bradley AAF


Date Contributor Update
10 April 2021 09:46:47 Snautzer Changes to markings

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2017 01:46:03 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