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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; 527BS; hit when parked at RAF Colerne by 42-97528 (351BG) 19/12/44; twice force landed on continent 3/45 but repaired and back onto operations; Salvaged 18/6/45. FOUR OF A KIND.



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    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Assigned Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, UK 19 June 1944 – 18 June 1945

Assigned 525BS, 379BG, 8af USAAF.

Crashed Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 19 December 1944

42-97528 collided with A/C when parked at RAF Colerne 19-Dec-44.

Crashed France March 1945

Force landed on continent twice Mar-45, repaired and back onto operations.


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 14:40:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 03:41:34 Figmnt Changes to nicknames and markings

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest

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