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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 1/5/55; transferred 337BS [AW-B]; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Ken Bope 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44. ALL AMERICAN GIRL.



  • 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. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron


  • Herbert Beyerlein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    assigned May 1944

  • Raymond Estle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Salvage non battle damage at Snetter Heath landing accident on 20 May 1944. On return in poor visibility, skidded and nosed up in soft ground with on falling back it buckled the fuselage and tail. Navigator (Sam Fudge) and Bombardier (Harry Hodgson)...

  • Joseph Lukacek

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.


  • 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...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 18:57:33 kstrykerAK Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, person associations and mission 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 160, 161, 285, 293

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log