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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-K] Snetterton 18/6/44 DONNA J II; transferred 750BS/457BG [B] Glatton 19/6/44; 8 ERS Halesworth 24/3/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. THE DUCHESS.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron
  • 750th Bomb Squadron


  • Rudolph Buczak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Burkholder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber Co-pilot / Fighter pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions in B-17's. Detached for Special duties with 1st Scouting Force. 47 x combat missions in P-47's. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of the British 'GOLDFISH CLUB' for having ditched...

  • Robert Kaufman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.


  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1944
Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 19 May 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 18 June 1944

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28, UK 19 June 1944

Transferred 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Halesworth IP19, UK 24 March 1945

Transferred to 8 ERS, 8AF.


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2017 11:07:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources - Biography detail.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log