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43-38346

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 11/8/44 KURCHOW; 335BS [OE-X/C]; 36m, 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 14/12/45. EXCELSIOR.

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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Floyd Alford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Hastie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 x combat missions in B-17's. ETD 2nd tour assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF in de Havilland Mosquitos. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (5 battle stars), LOH.

  • Charles Kupsky

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Merle Lindsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Edward Madigan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Matthew McEntee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, BS, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Niemczyk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Crew flew Gen. M. B. Ridgeway to paratroop landings at Arnheim and Endhoven. Two shuttle raids. Total of 35 missions. GC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Polish Medal

  • Richard Tyhurst

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Frank Vandam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-3545. Evaded (EVD). Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 23 July 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 23-Jul-44.

Assigned Horham, UK 11 August 1944

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Battle damaged Poltava, Russia 18 September 1944

Battle damaged on 18-Sep-44 mission and was left at Poltava, Russia.

Returned ZI Bradley AAF, CT 31 June 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley AAF 21-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2020 19:08:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/354
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-38346-kurchow-aka-excelsior/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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