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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 6/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG [R2-T] Mendlesham 16/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45. FLYING DUTCHMAN.



  • John Ferard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Wayne Kleinertz

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Gunner (tail) | 34th Bomb Group


  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


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Date Contributor Update
25 February 2022 03:11:32 Monk Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

My father, Paul M. Gustafson, served as navigator on this a/c from February 1945 through the end of the war. His crew returned this a/c to the States in June 1945. The a/c was named ‘Flying Dutchmen’ not ‘Dutchman’

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2021 13:17:36 Scott 34th7th Changes to media associations

Personal records of John Angus Ferard.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2016 20:46:14 Scott 34th7th Changes to nicknames

Personal records of John A Ferard as provided by son.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log