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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-T] Polebrook 1/6/44; 511BS [DS-F];

On Le Bouget mission 14/6/44 with Bill Raser, the ship was hit by flak on bomb bay doors and two engines out plus other damage, however Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Omer Theroux made emergency repairs to cables and allow ship to limp home and land at Tangmere, Sussex.

On Merseburg mission 29/7/44 with Mahlon Hillebrand, the aircraft was hit by flak which KO’d 2 engines; Navigator: Jim Tollerson and Sgt Warren Schact put out fire, equipment dropped to lighten ship and limped home to land at North Creek, Norfolk; Bombardier: Tom Gumaer was Killed in Action; rest Returned to Duty (RTD).

Returned to the USA Bradley 31/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45.



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron
  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • Nephi Berkenpas

    Military | Colonel | Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance | 351st Bomb Group

  • Thomas Gumaer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Thomas Vincent Gumaer was born in Yonkers, NY to William H. and Irene C. (née Tully) Gumaer. Tommy, as he was known by his family, enlisted on October 5, 1942 at the age of 18. He attended Midland Army Flying School in Midland, Texas and was trained as...

  • Elliott Reznik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group

  • William Whittaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    William T Whittaker was a pilot with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group. He flew 41 missions between 17 October 1944 and 26 March 1945. ...


  • 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...

  • Tangmere

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1917-18 as an RAF Training Depot Station (TDS), Tangmere was handed over to the US Army Air Service (USAAS) as a TDS for large Handley Page (HP) 0/400 bombers. ...


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Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 11:59:57 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log