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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17E 41-9044 was assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; 325BS/92BG Bovingdon Sep-42, then to Alconbury 6-Jan-43; detailed Portreath-Gibraltar with mail, freight & passengers, but engines malfunction and poor weather forced to return but crash landed Chivenor, Devon 14-Feb-43 10RTD. No MACR issued

P Alan Hermance (RTD) CP Bob Parkinson (RTD)
N Henry Hughes (RTD) B not carried
E/TTG Earl DeMasters (RTD); RO George Brock (RTD)
AG Amos Behl RTD; TG John Ford (RTD)
Passenger Brig Gen W.T. Larson (RTD); Passenger Capt C.L. Halsey (RTD)
Passenger Comdr M.N. Little, USN (RTD)



  • 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...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...


  • 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...

  • 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
Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR) Chivenor, Braunton, Barnstaple, Devon EX31, UK 14 February 1943

This aircraft was NOT part of the mission to Hamm, Germany on this date, but this is the date upon which it crash-landed at Chevinor, UK and was so badly damaged that it was salvaged.


Date Contributor Update
29 January 2015 20:48:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 29-Jan-2015 Added Block Number per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman; converted dates in Description to military style signification; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log