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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Hunter 14/4/44; Dow Fd 26/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-Z] Snetterton 1/5/44; Salvaged 31/5/45. LITTLE JOE.

Little Joe was one of the few aircraft attached to the 96 Bomb Group to survive 100 missions. It flew from May 1944 to May 1945. It was sent on many sorties, most of them from Snetterton Heath airfield.



  • 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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • Allen McMurran

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner B-17 | 96th Bomb Group
    Born Carthage Missouri Jan 2, 1916 Assigned Aug 1944 with Crew #4247 to 339th Bomb Squadron / 96th Bomb Group as ball turret gunner on B-17. Completed 35 missions and returned to the states in Jan 1945. Died Corona, California Feb 14, 2000


  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 16 March 1944
Assigned Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 1 May 1944
Salvaged 31 May 1945


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 08:44:07 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey Ward, Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information, Taylor Publishing, 1996. pages 293, 301

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 12:28:56 jrugman Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Page 125, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log