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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Gt Falls 6/9/44; Hunter 18/9/44; Grenier 25/9/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 4/10/44; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 22/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 16/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 26/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • Elton Crenshaw

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 787

    8 January 1945


  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 21:10:58 crenshawbm Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

A/C#, mission, name, crew referenced from family records, mission log

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:31 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log