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43-37901

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 14/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-B] Lavenham 30/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/1/46. MISS BEA HAVEN.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Barbaro

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dean Bloyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alexander Booth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Darrell Thomas crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Brogan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Corey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Fleming

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Korthase crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Foran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: DSM, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irwin Goodman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. 30+ combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • John Goodwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Darrell Thomas crew. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Grossidier

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier (Togglier) | 487th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

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Places

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 2 June 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF.

Assigned Lavenham, UK 30 June 1944

Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2021 13:28:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.487thbg.org/roster/487thSqd837.htm
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-37901-miss-bea-havin/
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-37901-miss-bea-havin/43-37901/

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 18:49:27 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2020 19:31:29 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Corrected a typo in the nickname, added a "s" to Mis".

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2016 04:16:01 cfkorthase Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings and place associations
Sources

Military record kept by the family

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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