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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17E Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9085) nicknamed 'Jarrin' Jenny' became the first USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress to land in the UK, when it landed at Prestwick on 1 July 1942.

The aircraft was manufactured at Boise, Idaho - 7 April 1942 , and assigned to 303BG, USA for domestic cadre (crew phase training). Substitued for 97th BG overseas movement, August,1942.

Prestwick, Scotland - 12 May 1942 (sic)
Polebrook, England (97BG) - 1 July 1942 -August, 1942.
Molesworth, England (359BG/303BG) - 21 September 1942 (sic)
Transfered to 92nd BG Sept - Dec, 1942 as part of CCRC.
Transfered to VIII Air Force Service Command - 16 December 1942
Jan 1943 to May 1943 unknown.
Transferred as second-line aircraft to 447th BG.
Major overhaul 1944/45.
Salvaged - 26 July 1945

See detailed analysis of aircraft history at:

First 8AF Boeing B-17 in Great Britain.
Part of diversion force on VIII BC 1 (17 August 1942).



  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 340th Bomb Squadron
  • No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center

    Established as a provisional unit at Bovingdon on 27 August 1942, and equipped with B-17Es transferred from the 92nd Bomb Group. ...


  • William Colantoni

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After graduation in 1935 from Centerville High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1938, called back to active duty in 1941. He flew on Edward J. Hennessy crew. Reported to the ETO on 30 Dec 1942. He earned two probables enemy...

  • Newton Longfellow

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Bomber Command
    Formerly command pilot. CG VIII Bomber Command 2 December 1942 to 30 June 1943. Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME, CBE (Commander British Empire).


  • 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...


  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...


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27 May 2019 16:02:41 phil marchese Changes to description

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23 May 2019 16:43:22 phil marchese Changes to markings

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29 May 2017 06:41:59 GBlume Changes to description

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28 May 2017 06:16:26 GBlume Changes to description

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28 May 2017 05:19:10 GBlume Changes to mission associations

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28 May 2017 05:17:28 GBlume Changes to description and mission associations

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28 May 2017 05:16:13 GBlume Changes to description

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28 May 2017 05:08:00 GBlume Changes to markings

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28 May 2017 05:07:39 GBlume Changes to markings

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28 May 2017 05:07:16 GBlume Changes to manufacturer, markings, person associations and mission associations

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16 December 2014 00:38:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 15-Dec-2014. All changes and connections made per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" ROger A. Freeman with David Osborne and "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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27 September 2014 18:40:07 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log